Practice Resources

The mission of the Society of Pediatric Nurses is to advance the specialty of pediatric nursing through excellence in education, research and practice. The following resources are designed to assist in establishing best practices and standards of care within the pediatric patient population.

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The Role of Pediatric Nurses in the Promotion and Protection of Human Milk and Breastfeeding
Topic: Position Statements
Owner: Kathryn Whitmer
Date: 2017-05-25


The World Health Organization (WHO) (2017), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2012), the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (2015), and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) (2015) recommend that infants are breastfed minimally for one for year with the provision of exclusive human milk for the first six months being essential for optimal health and developmental outcomes. However, in the United States, despite improvements in breastfeeding initiation rates, exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding continuation remain extremely low (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2016).

Last Update:5/2017

Reviewed by:

Diane L. Spatz PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Approved By:

SPN Board of Directors: 5/2017

Download File   SPN Breastfeeding Position Statement.pdf