Position Statements

SPN defines a position statement as a statement that is relevant within the current healthcare environment. It clearly and succinctly states our position on a controversial or debatable topic.

The following position statements provide a well-thought-out starting point for advocacy around that particular issue. Use these statements to serve as a reference to support your policy at your institution.

SPN produced and endorsed position statements are researched, written and reviewed by pediatric nurses with specialized expertise in the area of concern. All position statements go through committee and Board of Director review at a minimum of every two years.

The Role of the Pediatric Nurse in the Promotion and Protection of Human Milk and Breastfeeding
Topic: SPN Produced Position Statements
Owner: SPN Headquarters
Date: 2020-04-23


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:4/2020

Reviewed by:

Diane L. Spatz PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Approved By:

SPN Board of Directors: 4/22/2020

Download File   SPN Breastfeeding Position Statement.pdf




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