Who is the AAP and Why Should You Care What They Think?

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You’ve most likely seen the newest studies published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Here is this one released October 21, 2016:

American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use

And this one published October 24, 2016:

American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Safe Sleep Recommendations to Protect Against SIDS, Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

You may be asking yourself, “Who are these people and why do they care how I parent my children?”

According to the AAP website, the American Academy of Pediatrics is a group of almost 64,000 pediatricians across the country. These professionals invest themselves into making sure your children are as safe and healthy as they can be.

The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is “to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this, AAP shall support the professional needs of its members.” source


In 1930 the doctors caring for our children realized that there should be a completely different standard of care for children than for the adults raising them. Children are not merely young adults and their health depended on some positive changes. Together, thirty-five doctors formed the Academy. They created what we now know today as the leaders of research and information about the youngest people in our homes.

 Since then, the AAP has been responsible for publishing research about Breastfeeding, Immunizations, Obesity, Poverty & Child Health, as well as much more.

As Birth and Postpartum doulas, Mid Kansas Doula Services turns to the advice and recommendations given by the AAP. Together we can help parents find the most up to date information and stay on top of the latest research.

mkds-dotsHere is a fun link with the historical research the AAP has published!

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