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Contact: Irene Rayman, (914) 740-2179, irayman@liebertpub.com
1st Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, June 2009, Will Mark 25th Anniversary of Surgeon General’s Workshop on Breastfeeding and Human Lactation

New Rochelle, NY, April 27, 2009—Experts in maternal and infant health and health policy leaders from the Obama Administration will present timely information and recommendations for new policy initiatives to support a national breastfeeding agenda at the 1st Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, to take place June 11-12, in Washington, D.C. The Summit, "First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding," is being presented by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and its official peer-reviewed journal, Breastfeeding Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.      (www.liebertpub.com/bfm) and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  The proceedings and recommendations emanating from the Summit will be published in Breastfeeding Medicine this fall.

The Summit marks the 25th anniversary of the Surgeon General's Workshop on Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, hosted in June 1984 by then Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, and chaired by Ruth Lawrence, MD, currently Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine, who will once again both have central roles in this gathering of eminent researchers, clinicians, and key policymakers. Participants will focus on the development of health policy solutions for improving breastfeeding rates, removing barriers to breastfeeding, and eliminating health disparities by better supporting the health needs of underserved mothers and their vulnerable children. Breastfeeding represents a cost-effective, easily accessible, low-tech solution to reducing infant mortality rates-the U.S. ranks 29th in the world-decreasing morbidity, and improving both immediate and long-term health issues for mothers and their young children.

Attendance at the Summit is by invitation only; however, a limited number of press passes have been reserved.

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (www.bfmed.org) is a global organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding through education, research, and advocacy. It promotes the development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines. The Academy has prepared clinical protocols for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants that are available on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) National Guideline Clearinghouse website.