AAP Breastfeeding Recommendations
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long been a proponent of breastfeeding. Its updated policy statement reflects new research indicating that breastfeeding can decrease the incidence or severity of conditions such as diarrhea, ear infections and bacterial meningitis. Breastfeeding may also offer protection against sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes, obesity, and asthma. Among the AAP's new recommendations: babies should be breastfed for approximately the first six months (the group supports breastfeeding for the first year and beyond if mutually desired by mother and child), and that mother and infant should sleep in proximity to each other to facilitate breastfeeding.