Academy of
Breastfeeding Medicine

A worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion,
protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation

Annual International Meetings
and Other Events

Second Annual Summit on Breastfeeding

6/16/2010 - 6/17/2010

One hundred key health and policy leaders met in Washington, D.C. on June 16-17 to identify targeted strategies for establishing a national breastfeeding agenda as part of our nation's Health Reform, building on the essential recommendations and positive outcomes of the First Annual Summit held last June.

With continued support from the Kellogg Foundation, the Second Annual Summit, "First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding," featured presentations by public officials, including Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Governor James Douglas (VT), Senator Jeffrey Merkley (OR), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), as well as high-level officials from the FDA. The CDC, Chamber of Commerce, White House Domestic Policy Council, the HHS Offices of Women's Health, Minority Health, and the Indian Health Service, among other agencies, all participated.

Disparities in breastfeeding rates and the contributing barriers were addressed by panelists representing high-risk population groups, community-based organizations, industry, academia, health care providers and payors, among other stakeholders in maternal and child health, designed to engage Summit participants in thought-provoking discussion and to create an action agenda. A more macro view was provided by prominent national health economist Charles E. Phelps, PhD, Professor and Provost Emeritus of Economics, Community and Preventive Medicine at Rochester University and member of the Working Group on Health Care Policy at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He discussed the Economics and Ethics of Healthcare Financing and their implications for breastfeeding, coinciding with the release of his book, Eight Questions You Should Ask About Our Health Care System (Even if the Answers Make You Sick), by Hoover Institution Press on June 21st.

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