ABM Statement on Health Equity

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) stands on the human principles of equity and justice. We are physicians representing multiple specialties throughout the world in support of breastfeeding, and our strength is grounded in our diversity.

The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are a piercing reminder that structural racism is a public health emergency. Every day in breastfeeding medicine, we see the impact of structural, institutional, and systemic racism on the parents and children we serve. Worldwide, racism harms Black, Indigenous, People of Color, resulting in higher rates of infant and maternal mortality and insufficient breastfeeding support.

As the community for breastfeeding advocates, researchers, and experts from around the globe, ABM is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. With support from the Kellogg Foundation, we feature leaders in health equity at our Annual International Meeting and we offer scholarships for underrepresented minorities to participate in our educational programs. We are committed to training our members in cultural humility and community engagement to enable them to advance health equity through optimal infant and young child feeding.

Breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong health and well-being. The events of the past few weeks are a potent reminder that racism, not race, is hazardous to the health of Black, Indigenous People of Color. We look forward to partnering with advocates and organizers to advance justice in healthcare across generations.



Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FABM

Joe Lindahl, MA, CAE
Executive Director