The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Medicine, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend breastfeeding as the appropriate way to feed infants. Nonetheless, studies show that as many as 50% of infants are weaned from the breast within the first 14 days. Therefore, this document focuses on the establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding during this time period. These guidelines are for healthy, term infants. Common problems that often lead to untimely weaning are addressed. Referral to a skilled lactation professional, such as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), physician, midwife, nurse, or dietitian is always appropriate.

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