American Academy of Nursing and American Nurses Association Statement on U.S. Opposition to World Health Assembly Resolution on Breastfeeding – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889
The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) decry the attempt by the United States Delegation to the World Health Assembly (WHA) to use strong-arm tactics to undermine global efforts supporting and promoting breastfeeding.
Human milk is inarguably a life-saving medical intervention. As reported in a 2016 study published by The Lancet, breastfeeding could save the lives of 823,000 children and 20,000 mothers each year. Human milk and breastfeeding are critical for infant and child health, as well as for the health of mothers. Professional organizations worldwide recommend exclusive human milk/breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and continued breastfeeding for the first year and beyond.