Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, Third Edition

The Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, Third Edition, is the definitive resource on breastfeeding initiation, maintenance, support, and advocacy. Jointly developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and ACOG, this must-have handbook features the most important and up-to-date developments in breastfeeding policy, practice, research, and outreach guidance, assembled by an expert physician panel.

The handbook is perfect for all individuals involved with the care of mother and baby, including physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, lactation specialists, and other support staff. The third edition contains a wealth of practice-focused advice based on frontline clinical experience and the latest evidence for breastfeeding. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby, breastfeeding of preterm newborns, recommended breastfeeding practices, medications and breastfeeding, and assessment tools, as well as lactation support technology and management of breastfeeding complications.

New in the third edition:

  • The latest AAP and ACOG breastfeeding policies
  • An all-new chapter, "Nonnutritive Components in Human Milk," which includes bioactive factors and host defense mechanisms
  • New guidance on breastfeeding and substance use, including electronic cigarettes and alcohol
  • Updated lifesaving breastfeeding support strategies for inclusion in disaster preparedness plans
  • Current evidence on infant and maternal outcomes from breastfeeding
  • Updated guidance on vitamin D, vitamin K, and iron supplementation in newborns
  • Updated discussion of breastfeeding and environmental agents, including sunscreen
  • New guidance for ankyloglossia and breastfeeding
  • Updated discussion of legislative protections for mothers in the workplace
  • Breastfeeding and COVID-19 recommendations

Five-Star Review

Published: 2023
438 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61002-442-6
Item Number: AA484_3

Coming Soon: eBook Edition

Authors: American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Editor in chief: Richard J. Schanler, MD, FAAP, FABM

Coeditors: Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM; Sharon B. Mass, MD, FACOG; Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC; and Lawrence Noble, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC