Breastfeeding resources

Mother nursing a child. Photo credit: DFW Bellies & Babies.

Learn more about breastfeeding from the Office on Women's Health and other websites.

Expand all
|
Collapse all

Read more about breastfeeding from womenshealth.gov

  • Your Guide to Breastfeeding — This easy-to-read publication has how-to information and support to help women breastfeed. It explains why breastfeeding is best for baby, mom, and society and how loved ones can support a mother's decision to breastfeed. Expert tips and illustrations help new moms learn how to breastfeed comfortably and how to overcome common challenges. The wisdom of real moms is shared in personal stories that reassure and encourage.
  • It's Only Natural — This site has practical and helpful information on breastfeeding, from what gear you will need and finding support from family and friends to how to get a good latch.
  • Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions — This site helps businesses support nursing mothers at work with cost-effective tips and time and space solutions listed by industry.

Read more about breastfeeding from other federal agencies

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
    • Best Fed Beginnings — This program helps hospitals improve maternity care and become a Baby-Friendly designated hospital. Baby-Friendly hospitals promote breastfeeding, among other mother/baby bonding efforts.
    • Breastfeeding Report Card — This report shows how breastfeeding is protected, promoted, and supported in each state and allows comparisons across states, making it an important tool for increasing breastfeeding nationwide.
    • CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies — This guide offers breastfeeding intervention strategies for states and local communities, including worksite programs, breastfeeding information, and peer support programs.
  • Healthy People 2020: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Objectives — Ten-year national objectives to improve the health of Americans. The breastfeeding objectives include increasing the number of infants who are breastfed and increasing the length of time that mothers breastfeed. Another goal is increasing worksite lactation support programs.
  • HRSA Women's Preventive Services Guidelines — Information about health plans or policies requirements to provide coverage for lactation support and counseling and rental of breastfeeding equipment at no cost to women.
  • The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding — This call to action describes specific steps communities, organizations, and people can take to participate in a society-wide approach to support mothers and babies who are breastfeeding.
  • Who Gets WIC and How to Apply — Information about the Women, Infants and Children Program