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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement

2012 AAP Policy Statement on the Use of Human Milk
For the first time in six years, the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP has issued a policy statement regarding breastfeeding and the use of human milk.

Recommendations include1:

  • Reaffirmation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months.
  • Use of human milk for all preterm infants, whether mother’s own milk or pasteurized donor human milk.
  • Human milk should be fortified, with protein, minerals, and vitamins to ensure optimal nutrient intake for infants weighing <1500g at birth.

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  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. Section on Breastfeeding. [originally published online February 27, 2012]. Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-3552.
  2. Sullivan S, Schanler RJ, Kim JH et al: “An exclusively human milk- based diet is associated with a lower rate of necrotizing enterocolitis than a diet of human milk and bovine milk-based products”. J Pediatrics 2010 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.10.040.

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