Evidence continues to mount regarding the benefits of breastfeeding for both women and their infants. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced through the infant’s first year of life, or longer as mutually desired by the woman and her infant. Unfortunately, breastfeeding rates in the United States are only 49% at six months and 27% at 12 months, well below the Healthy People 2020 target rates of 60.6% and 34.1%, respectively. As reproductive health experts and women’s health advocates who work with a variety of obstetric and pediatric health care providers, obstetrician–gynecologists are uniquely positioned to enable women to achieve their infant feeding goals. The materials in this toolkit are designed to help ob-gyns and other women’s health care providers do just that.
In this toolkit:
This toolkit (excluding the members-only pamphlet) can also be downloaded as a single PDF. For additional breastfeeding resources, see www.acog.org/breastfeeding.
ABOUT THIS TOOLKIT
The goal of this toolkit is to increase breastfeeding rates by enhancing provider and patient knowledge on the benefits of breastfeeding using the latest information, materials, and resources. It was developed primarily by ACOG's Breastfeeding Expert Work Group based on the clinical guidance in CO 658, Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice. The Work Group was formed in February 2014 to develop accurate content and education, and to continue to demonstrate ACOG's commitment to helping women achieve their goals for the best care possible for their newborns. Printing and mailing of the toolkit were supported by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the toolkit or ACOG's breastfeeding activities.