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Your Guide to Breastfeeding – This easy-to-read publication has how-to information and support to help women breastfeed successfully. 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.

General information about breastfeeding on other websites

Learn more about breastfeeding basics

  • Breastfeeding – This Web page on MedlinePlus offers information on breastfeeding. Also included are links to dictionaries, lists of hospitals and physicians, health information in Spanish and other languages, clinical trials, and other consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Breastfeeding: Hints to Help You Get Off to a Good Start (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) - This fact sheet from the American Academy of Family Physicians offers helpful hints on successful breastfeeding, including how to hold your baby, what you need to know about the let-down reflex, how to prevent and heal sore nipples, what to avoid eating, and where to get more information on breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding - This Web page from the Nemours Foundation discusses the benefits of breastfeeding and the pros and cons of formula-feeding. It also answers common questions you may have about breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding Your Baby - This resource from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has information on getting started with breastfeeding, diet, sex and birth control, work, and breast health. The site also includes a glossary of terms.
  • Common Breastfeeding Myths - This Web page from the La Leche League includes answers to common beliefs about breastfeeding.
  • Feeding Your Newborn - This Web page from the Nemours Foundation offers information on breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, including the benefits of breastfeeding, the limitations of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, and possible challenges you may face.
  • Getting Started with Breastfeeding - This website from Stanford University includes links to informative videos on how to breastfeed.
  • Got Mom - The American College of Nurse-Midwives created the website to offer breastfeeding information and resources for mothers and families. The website discusses why breastmilk is best, dispels common misunderstandings about breastfeeding, and includes a list of helpful breastfeeding resources.
  • Having a Doula: Is a Doula for Me? - This online source from the American Pregnancy Association discusses the role of doulas.
  • The Breastfeeding Answer Book – This book from the La Leche League International, updated in 2012, includes information about bariatric surgery and breastfeeding, contraception, and pumping and storing breastmilk.
  • What's in Breast Milk? - This Web page from the American Pregnancy Association describes what is in breastmilk and what makes breastmilk the best source of nutrition for your baby.

Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby

  • A Well-Kept Secret: Breastfeeding's Benefits to Mothers - This Web page from the La Leche League includes information on the benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers. It also discusses the physiologic effects and long-term benefits.
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding - This fact sheet from the Linkages Project briefly describes the different health benefits that breastfeeding has for mothers and babies.
  • Breastfeeding - This Web page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention briefly describes the benefits of breastfeeding and what to do if you have trouble breastfeeding.
  • Can Breastfeeding Prevent Illnesses? - This Web page from the La Leche League discusses how breastfeeding can prevent some illnesses in your baby.
  • Does Breastfeeding Reduce the Risk of Pediatric Overweight? - Did you know that breastfeeding your baby may reduce the chances that he or she will be overweight? This 2007 booklet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discusses the research behind this discovery and answers some of the questions you may have about the benefits of breastfeeding.
  • What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding my Baby? - This Web page from the La Leche League discusses the benefits of breastfeeding for babies, mothers, employers, and the environment.
  • What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding my Toddler? - This Web page from the La Leche League describes how breastfeeding your toddler can help him or her mature and understand discipline as well as protect your toddler from illness and allergies.

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Learn more about making breastmilk

  • Let-down Reflex: Too slow? - This Web page helps you learn to recognize your let-down reflex.
  • How Can I Increase My Milk Supply? - This Web page from the La Leche League discusses how to know if you are not making enough breastmilk for your baby and gives tips on increasing your milk supply.
  • How does milk production work? - This Web page includes information on factors that affect milk supply and how to increase your milk supply.
  • How Can I Increase My Milk Supply? - This Web page from the La Leche League discusses how to know if you're not creating enough breastmilk for your baby and gives tips on increasing your milk supply.
  • How Can I Tell if My Baby is Getting Enough Milk? - This Web page from the La Leche League tells you how to look for signs that your baby is getting enough breastmilk and includes other resources on milk supply and breastfeeding.
  • How Do I Wean My Baby? - This Web page from the La Leche League discusses why it is important to wean your baby slowly off the breast. You will also find tips for when and how to reduce feedings to make weaning easier.
  • How Often Should I Nurse My Baby? - This Web page from the La Leche League gives guidelines for how often babies should breastfeed. It also discusses why a baby may feed less or more often.

Learn more about common breastfeeding challenges

  • Colic and Crying - This fact sheet describes the causes, symptoms, and treatments of colic and ways to prevent it. Tips are also included on how to comfort a crying or colicky baby.
  • FAQ: How Do I Prevent Sore Nipples? - This Web page from the La Leche League includes information on what you can do to help heal or prevent sore nipples after breastfeeding. The site gives easy-to-follow steps on how to properly position your baby at the breast.
  • How Can I Deal with My Leaking Breasts - This Web page from the La Leche League shares ways to deal with leaking breasts, including nursing pads, patterned clothing, and frequent breastfeeding.
  • If Breastfeeding Is So Natural, Why Doesn't It Seem to Come Naturally? - This Web page from the La Leche League encourages mothers not to give up on breastfeeding when they face challenges.
  • Is Thrush Causing My Sore Nipples? - This Web page from the La Leche League defines thrush and discusses what causes it and how to relieve it.
  • My Breast Hurts. What Can I Do? - This fact sheet from the La Leche League discusses the causes and treatments for sore breasts.
  • Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems - This Web page from Medline Plus has information on common breastfeeding problems, including nipple soreness, engorgement, let-down reflex problems, inadequate milk supply, plugged milk ducts, breast infection, and thrush.

Learn more about breastfeeding in special situations

Learn more about breastfeeding laws

Learn more about pumping and storing breastmilk

Learn more about breastfeeding after returning to work

Learn more about breastfeeding and taking care of yourself

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Content last updated: July 21, 2014

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