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Breastfeed Your Baby

Breastfeeding is very healthy for you and your baby. Try to breastfeed your baby for at least the first 12 months.

Review Date: May 06, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Eat Healthy While Breastfeeding: Quick Tips

Get tips on making healthy food choices to help you and your baby get the nutrients you need.

Review Date: May 16, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Breastfeeding: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to frequently asked questions about breastfeeding, such as how long a mother should breastfeed and when a baby should start eating solid foods.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women

When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. Find advice to help you and your baby stay healthy.

Review Date: January 10, 2012

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families- (PDF)

This publication provides information and encouragement to American Indian and Alaska Native women on breastfeeding. It explains the benefits for baby, mom and society, and also provides frequently asked questions and answers about breastfeeding.

Review Date: March 01, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Break Time for Nursing Mothers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for up to one year after the child’s birth. Find the details of this law here.

Review Date: August 24, 2011

U.S. Department of Labor

Breast Milk: How to Pump and Store It

Learning how to pump and store breast milk can make returning to work easier and less stressful. It does require some work, but if you have a plan, it can be done. This article provides information about pumping and storing breast milk.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Breast Problems in Women

Answer questions on a flow chart that describe breast problems experienced by women--lumps, pain, discharge or skin problems that signal both minor and more serious problems. Follow the flow chart to learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and self-care.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Breast Pumps

New mothers may have a host of questions about choosing a breast pump. Here are some tips to help you decide what type of pump is best for you.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Breastfeeding

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons – the joyful bonding with your baby, the cost savings, and the health benefits for both mother and baby. Read this article for tips and suggestions on how to successfully breastfeed your baby.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Breastfeeding Holds

Here are some helpful ways to get comfortable and support your baby in finding a good latch.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Breastfeeding Information in Other Languages

La Leche League is pleased to be able to offer breastfeeding information in a variety of languages through a language selector at the top of every page. They currently offer information in English, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

La Leche League International

Breastfeeding: Handling Stress

Get tips to manage stress with a new baby.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Breastfeeding: Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk

By following safe preparation and storage techniques, nursing mothers and caretakers of breastfed infants and children can maintain the high quality of expressed breast milk and the health of the baby.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Get answers to common breastfeeding problems.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

LactMed is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It gives information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible harmful effects in the nursing infant.

Review Date: September 28, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Feeding Your Newborn

How you feed your newborn is the first nutrition decision you will make for your child. Take a closer look at these guidelines for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding so you can make an informed decision.

Review Date: August 09, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Feeding

This web page contains information on specific breastfeeding-related issues and links to sources of breastfeeding information.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

La Leche League International

Learning to Breastfeed

This article offers information about how to breastfeed successfully.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health

Both pregnancy and breastfeeding cause changes and place extra demands on a woman’s body. Some of these may have an affect on her bones. The good news is that most women do not experience bone problems during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS

Pregnancy, Nursing and the Safe Use of OTC Medicines (Video)

This brief video provides pregnant and nursing mothers with tips on using over-the-counter medicines safely. The tips include advice on treating common ailments experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, heartburn, nausea, colds and allergies.

Review Date: October 16, 2012

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Pumping and Milk Storage

This page explains how to pump and store your breast milk.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

Learn what steps can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)- (PDF)

Find out how a lactation consultant can help you breastfeed your baby.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

International Lactation Consultant Association

Your Guide to Breastfeeding for African American Women- (PDF)

This publication provides information and encouragement to African American women on breastfeeding. It explains the benefits for baby, mom and society, and also provides frequently asked questions and answers about breastfeeding.

Review Date: December 22, 2011

Office on Women's Health