ACOG Clinical Guidelines

Committee Opinion #756, Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice, updates ACOG's breastfeeding recommendations and outlines ways ob-gyns can support women in achieving their breastfeeding goals.

Committee Opinion #570, Breastfeeding in Underserved Women: Increasing Initiation and Continuation of Breastfeeding

Committee Opinion #670, Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Committee Opinion #723, Guidelines for Diagnostic Imaging During Pregnancy and Lactation

Committee Opinion #722, Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Lactation

Committee Opinion #711, Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy 

Committee Opinion #725, Vaginal Seeding

Committee Opinion #736, Optimizing Postpartum Care

Committee Opinion #742, Postpartum Pain Management

Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, Second Edition - Jointly developed by the College and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this resource provides guidance for physicians in all specialties. The revised edition includes new information on benefits of breastmilk to preterm infants and breastfeeding issues during a disaster. The handbook is available for purchase.  There is also an e-book available for purchase.

Guidelines for Perinatal Care, Seventh Edition- Jointly developed by The College and AAP, this edition provides updated information on a variety of perinatal topics, including breastfeeding.  This book is available online for members and is available for purchase. There is also an e-book available for purchase.


ACOG Resources for your Patients

The following resources may be helpful to share with patients to complement your breastfeeding counseling and care.

Breastfeeding Your Baby FAQ - This Patient Education Frequently Asked Questions sheet is available online for members and non-members.

Breastfeeding: Frequently Asked Questions Tear Pad - This double sided tear sheet answers the five most common patient benefit and concerns regarding breastfeeding. This tear-pad is available for purchase in English and Spanish.  

Physician Conversation Guide on Support for Breastfeeding - This guide will help physicians initiate breastfeeding discussions with their patients early in pregnancy or prenatal care.

Breastfeeding Your Baby Pamphlet - Part of ACOG's Patient Education Pamphlet series, Breastfeeding Your Baby explains the benefits of breastfeeding and how to breastfeed. The pamphlet is available online for members and for purchase. A Spanish version is available online for members and non-members.

Breastfeeding Infographic - Share this infographic on social media to educate your patients. This poster is available for purchase in English and Spanish to display in your office. 

Breastfeeding Your Baby Poster - This poster, available for purchase, shows breastfeeding positions and explains why it is the best choice for feeding a baby.

Breastfeeding Your Baby and Other Feeding Options - This booklet, available for purchase, covers all options for feeding infants, including breastfeeding, bottle feeding with expressed breast milk, and bottle feeding with formula. 

 Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month, Sixth Edition - This newly-updated edition contains all of the information patients need to know about pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period, including breastfeeding and is available for purchase. A Spanish version will soon be available for purchase and can be pre-ordered now.

You and Your Baby: Prenatal Care, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum Care - This booklet explains the components of good prenatal care and provides information on identifying signs of a problem, what happens during labor and delivery, the postpartum period, breastfeeding, and more. The booklet is available for purchase in English and Spanish.

A comprehensive list of ACOG's breastfeeding resources is available for health care providers and patients. 


Ijeoma Obidegwu,
Work Groups and Task Forces Manager 


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