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 well-being, 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.

Enjoy learning more about us HERE in our video.

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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 third decade of existence, ABM continues to grow while pursuing three 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 


Anne R. Eglash, MD, FABM
Lawrence M. Gartner, MD
Miriam H. Labook, MD, MPH*
Robert M. Lawrence, MD *
Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, FABM
Audrey J. Naylor MD, DrPH *
Marianne R. Neifert, MD
Edward R. Newton, MD, FABM
Victoria Nichols-Johnson, MD, FABM
Richard J. Schanler, MD, FABM
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, FABM
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, FABM
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, DrPH, FABM*
Rebecca Powers, MD
Sarah Reece-Stremtan, MD
Lori Ricke, MD, FABM
Susan Rothenberg, MD
Leila Sabet, MD
Ruth Stanhiser, MD
Rima Strassman, MD, FABM
Kanae Tada, MD
Timothy Tobolic, MD, FABM
Nancy E. Wight, MD, FABM
* deceased




Officers 2018


Timothy J. Tobolic, MD, FABM

Byron Family Medicine PC, Byron Center, MI, USA 

Vice President/President Elect

Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FABM

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA


Sarah Reece-Stremtan, MD

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

Immediate Past President

Julie S. Taylor, MD, MSc, FABM

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


Eyla Boies, MD, FABM

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

Board of Directors

Melissa Bartick, MD

Cambridge Health Alliance

Arthur I. Eidelman, MD, FABM

Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Amy Evans, MD, FABM

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

Ann Kellams, MD, FABM

University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Robert Lawrence, MD, FABM

University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, FL, USA

Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, FABM

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

Yvonne LeFort, MD, FABM

Milford Family Medical Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Sahira Long, MD, FABM

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


Victoria Nichols-Johnson, MD

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, USA

Susan Rothenberg, MD

Mount Sinai Beth Israel, NY, USA

Elien Rouw, MD, FABM

Well Baby Clinic, Bühl Germany

Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH, FABM

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

Julie Ware, MD, MPH, FABM

All Better Pediatrics, Memphis, TN, USA

Michal Ann Young, MD, FABM

Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA


Partner Organizations

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