Organizations that Promote and Support Breastfeeding
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
- Organization of physicians who promote and support breastfeeding. They develop and regularly update evidence-based protocols to help provide guidance on issues related to lactation. www.bfmed.org
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Nurse Midwives
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative - In 1992, the World Health Organization (WHO)and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) launched the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in a worldwide effort to support breastfeeding by ensuring that women in maternity care have full information and support to breastfeed their infants. Visit: www.unicef.orgfor more information.
Many hospitals in the U.S. are now becoming Baby-Friendly; find one in your area here, www.babyfriendlyusa.org/
European Milk Bank Association (EMBA)
European Lactation Consultants Alliance (ELACTA)
Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)
HMBANA is a multidisciplinary, non-profit group of health care providers that promotes, protects, and supports donor milk banking. HMBANA is the only professional membership association for milk banks in Canada, Mexico and the United States and as such sets the standards and guidelines for donor milk banking for those areas.
If your baby was born preterm or has other health problems, he or she may need donor milk not only for health, but also for survival. Donated milk is pasteurized to ensure safety. Your baby may also need donor milk if you are unable to produce enough breastmilk and she:
- can't tolerate formula
- has severe allergies
- isn't thriving on formula
The best way to find a human milk bank is through the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). These milk banks can dispense donor human milk to those with a prescription from their doctor. To find out if your insurance will cover the cost of the milk for your baby, call your insurance company or ask your health care provider.
To find out how to donate milk, contact your local donor milk bank to find out if they are in need of donations.. Milk banks often provide donor milk to babies in need.
Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)
La Leche League, International
National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy
UNICEF www.unicef.org United States Breastfeeding Committee
United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
World Breastfeeding Week
World Health Organization