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.

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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