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Breastfeeding resources

Breastfeeding resources

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

Read more about breastfeeding from

  • 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 helped hospitals improve maternity care and become Baby-Friendly designated hospitals. 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.
    • The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies (PDF, 2.5 MB) — 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 on clinical recommendations for preventive services that address women’s health needs, including breastfeeding services and supplies.
  • The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (PDF, 925 KB) — 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.
  • LactMed® database — Information from the National Library of Medicine on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.