Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) Milk Bank

The King’s Daughters Milk Bank at CHKD is a nonprofit, hospital-based donor milk bank established to provide the life-saving benefits of breast milk to severely premature and critically-ill infants, improving their potential to survive and thrive. Learn More

US Medical Policy statements supporting breastfeeding

United States medical organizations dedicated to the health of women and children include but are not limited to the following:

The American Academy of Family Physicians 

The American Academy of Pediatrics 

The American College of Nurse-Midwives 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 

The American Dietetics Association 

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses 

The National Association of Pediatric Nurses Practitioners 

The World Health Organization 

The agencies listed above support and encourage mothers to breastfeed. They recognize breastfeeding as the normal method of infant feeding and the best source of nutrition for the health and development of growing infants.

Breastfeeding is the best feeding method for all infants including premature and sick infants, with very few exceptions. Exclusive breastfeeding provides the nutrients a baby needs, with the gradual addition of appropriate complementary foods after approximately six months. Then, breastfeeding should continue throughout the first year and beyond, or as long as desired by the breastfeeding family. To read the specific statements of each organization go to their websites.