APPPAH's educational mission is to provide a forum for gathering and sharing scientific and experiential data related to prenatal and perinatal development.
APPPAH is a non-political entity, whose bylaws, and over 30 years of precedent, do not allow involvement in addressing political questions.
Like most other educational institutions, APPPAH cannot, and does not, take responsibility for how information is applied outside of the organization.
We do not advocate for any one position on abortion. We feel that this is a crucial decision that can only be made by the mother.
Statement on Breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding are widely acknowledged by the World Health Assembly; World Health Organization (WHO); Centers for Disease Control (CDC); United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC); U.S. Surgeon General; USDA’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); American Public Health Association (APHA), American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM); and the American Dietetic Association (ADA), as well as other well-informed and prestigious independent, educational, and government organizations.
Scientific evidence shows that human milk is the most appropriate food for almost all human infants and that maintaining breastfeeding as the norm is seen as an important preventative health measure.
Increasing aggressive advertising of human milk substitutes, including widespread hospital distribution of discharge packs that advertise substitutes for human milk, inappropriate advertisements, and direct marketing to parents and health practitioners violate the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. These practices discourage breastfeeding and formula marketing has a disproportionately negative impact on mothers already at high risk for early weaning.
In turn, the WHO/United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding, approved by the World Health Assembly and UNICEF Executive Board, is a call for urgent action, including widespread implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and legislation of the International Code.
Therefore, be it resolved that APPPAH does not support the wording in the current U.N. Resolution which creates unnecessary hurdles and barriers for mothers seeking to provide safe and adequate nutrition to their children via breastfeeding. Instead, we support the original Resolution introduced 5/26/2018 titled “Infant and Young Child Feeding” which reaffirms that “breastfeeding is critical for child survival, nutrition and development, and maternal health” and that “appropriate, evidence-based and timely support of infant and young child feeding in emergencies saves lives, protects child nutrition, health and development, and benefits mothers and families.”
Finally, APPPAH maintains that women, infants, and children should not be used as negotiating factors in government arguments or trade debates which are anti-science, pro-industry, and anti-public health. Further, we call on governments and the media to portray breastfeeding as normal, desirable, and achievable for women of all cultures and socioeconomic levels.