About ABM

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Our Mission

ABM is a worldwide organization of medical doctors dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding. Our mission is to unite members of the various medical specialties with this common purpose. 

For over 20 years, ABM has been bringing doctors together to provide evidence-based solutions to the challenges facing breastfeeding across the globe. A vast body of research has demonstrated significant nutritional, physiological, and psychological benefits for both mothers and children that last well beyond infancy. But while breastfeeding is the foundation of a lifetime of health and wellbeing, clinical practice lags behind scientific evidence.

By building on our legacy of research into this field and sharing it with the broader medical community, we can overcome barriers, influence health policies, and change behaviors.

Learn more about the principles by which we operate in our Strategic Plan, Code of Ethics I, Code of Ethics II, and Bylaws

Watch our short video commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and featuring interviews with leading physicians and leaders in global health.




History: A Legacy of Scientific Rigor

In 1993, a group of physicians at an International Lactation Consultant Association meeting began discussing the idea of a multidisciplinary physician organization dedicated to the science of breastfeeding medicine. Identifying common concerns and challenges, a core group of 12 physicians formed Physicians Advocating Breastfeeding (PHAB) and scheduled their first conference for the summer of 1994.

At the inaugural conference, the founders drafted bylaws, articles of incorporation, a mission statement, short and long-term goals, and general organizational structures. They also renamed the organization the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM).

Now in its 3rd decade of existence, ABM continues to grow while pursuing 3 principal goals:

  • Education of healthcare providers and institutions
  • Fostering a global professional community of doctors with diverse specialties committed to the care of women and children
  • Advancement of research and practices that shape public policy in support of breastfeeding


 

Distinguished Membership 

Founders

Anne R. Eglash, MD
Lawrence M. Gartner, MD
Miriam H. Labook, MD, MPH*
Robert M. Lawrence, MD *
Ruth A. Lawrence, MD
Audrey J. Naylor MD, DrPH *
Marianne R. Neifert, MD
Marianne R. Neifert, MD
Edward R. Newton, MD
Victoria Nichols-Johnson, MD
Richard J. Schanler, MD
Christopher L. Wade, MD, MPH
Elizabeth L. Williams, MD, MPH

* deceased

Lifetime Members

Wanda Abreu, MD
Rajeev Agarwal, MD
Erin Appleton, MD
Lela Bachrach, MD
Karen Bodnar, MD
Susan Campbell, MD
Sudha Chandrasekhar, MD, MPH
Caroline Chantry, MD, FABM
Yoo-Mi Chung, MD, FABM
Nanette Dahlquist, MD, FABM
Alicia Dermer, MD, FABM
Tamara Fusco, MD
Jennifer Grow, MD
Susan Hayward, MD, FABM
Gail Herrine, MD, FABM
Alexandra Hunt, MD
James Kratzer, MD, MPH
Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, FABM*
Ruth Lawrence, MD, FABM
Virginia Meade, DO
James Murphy, MD, FABM
Audrey Naylor, MD, FABM, DrPH*
Rebecca Powers, MD
Sarah Reece-Stremtan, MD
Lori Ricke, MD, FABM
Leila Sabet, MD
Ruth Stanhiser, MD
Rima Strassman, MD, FABM
Kanae Tada, MD
Timothy Tobolic, MD, FABM
Nancy E. Wight, MD, FABM
* deceased

 

 



Governance



Officers 2017


President

Julie Taylor, MD, MSc, FABM

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten, the Netherlands; Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Vice President/President Elect

Timothy Tobolic, MD, FABM

Byron Family Medicine PC, Byron Center, MI, USA

Treasurer

Cynthia Howard, MD, MPH, FABM

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY USA

Immediate Past President

Wendy Brodribb, MBBS, PhD, FABM

University of Queensland, Centenary Heights, Queensland, Australia

Secretary

Lawrence Noble, MD, FABM

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Elmsford, NY, USA

Board of Directors


Eyla G. Boies, MD, FABM

University of California School of Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA

Arthur Eidelman, MD, FABM

Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Amy Evans, MD, FABM

UCSF-Fresno/Center for Breastfeeding Medicine, Clovis, CA, USA

Ann L. Kellams, MD,  FABM

University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, FABM

University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY, USA

Kathy Leeper, MD, FABM

Milk Works, Kansas BF Coalition, Milk Mob

Sahira Long, MD, FABM

Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA


Edward Newton, MD, FABM

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Sarah Reece-Stremtan, MD

Children's National Health System, Washington, DC, USA

Elien Rouw, MD, FABM

Well Baby Clinic, Bühl Germany

Karla Shepard Rubinger

New Rochelle, NY, USA

Natasha K. Sriraman, MD, MPH, FABM

Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA, USA

Julie L. Ware, MD, MPH, FABM

All Better Pediatrics, Memphis, TN, USA

Susan Rothenberg, MD,

Mount Sinai Beth Israel, NY, NY

Michal Ann Young, MD, FABM

Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA




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