Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians

Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians
3rd Ed.
2023 © American Academy of Pediatrics
Richard J. Schanler MD, FAAP, FABM
ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-442-6
eISBN-13: 978-1-61002-443-3
Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology


The Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, 3rd Edition, is the definitive resource on breastfeeding initiation, maintenance, support, and advocacy. Jointly developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), this must-have handbook features the most important and up-to-date developments in breastfeeding practice, research, policies, and outreach guidance, assembled by an expert physician panel.

All health professionals in your practice will refer to this convenient handbook again and again for easily accessible answers, solutions, and teaching and learning aids.

The third edition contains a wealth of practice-focused advice based on frontline clinical experience and the latest evidence for breastfeeding.

New in the 3rd Edition

  • • The latest AAP and ACOG breastfeeding policies
  • • An all-new chapter on the Nonnutritive Components in Human Milk, including bioactive factors and host defense mechanisms
  • • New guidance on breastfeeding and substance use, including electronic cigarettes and alcohol
  • • Updated life-saving 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 COVID-19 and breastfeeding
  • • Updated discussion of legislative protections for mothers in the workplace

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"It is a valuable contribution in a subject area that is overlooked during medical education and the book meets the authors' objectives of providing a much-needed clinical resource."

-- Sunny Hallowell, PhD, PPCNP-BC, (University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Doody's Review - previous edition


Although designed for physicians, the book can be used by other health professionals, including midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and lactation specialists. A rich cadre of medical experts contributed to this evidence-based and up-to-date book.

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