Birth Hospitalization Discharge of Breastfeeding Dyads

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

March 16, 2022

Last Updated Month/Year

August 14, 2023

Supplemental Implementation Tools

Document Type


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

A central goal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is the development of clinical protocols for managing common medical problems that may impact breastfeeding success. These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care. Variations in treatment may be appropriate according to the needs of an individual patient. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine recognizes that not all lactating individuals identify as women. Using gender-inclusive language, however, is not possible in all languages and all countries and for all readers. The position of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (https://doi.org/10.1089/bfm.2021.29188.abm) is to interpret clinical protocols within the framework of inclusivity of all breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk-feeding individuals.

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Adult

Health Care Settings


Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Counseling, Assessment and screening, Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D010351 - Patient Discharge


Breastfeeding, hospital discharge

Source Citation

Hoyt-Austin AE, Kair LR, Larson IA, Stehel EK; Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocol #2: Guidelines for Birth Hospitalization Discharge of Breastfeeding Dyads, Revised 2022. Breastfeed Med. 2022 Mar;17(3):197-206. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2022.29203.aeh. PMID: 35302875; PMCID: PMC9206473.