Breastfeeding Info for Families

Breastfeeding has many health benefits for babies, parents and our community.  Human milk provides ideal nutrition and supports growth and development for infants. Breastfeeding can also help protect the baby and the lactating parent against certain illnesses and diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months and continued breastfeeding along with complementary foods as long as mutually desired by the parent and child for 2 years or beyond.

For breastfeeding families, it is a journey that often comes with ups and downs and feelings of accomplishment and frustration.  On this page, you can explore a variety of topics to help you prepare for lactation, get started with breastfeeding a newborn, get help overcoming challenges, or support a lactating parent.   

  1. Preparing for Lactation
  2. Breast Changes During Pregnancy 
  3. Newborn
  4. Positions to Breastfeed My Baby
  5. How Do I Know if My Baby Is Getting Enough
  6. Can I Give My Baby a Bottle
  7. Six Months to a Year
  8. Breastfeeding Your Toddler
  9. Artificial Sweeteners and Caffeine while lactating
  10. Nutrition during lactation
  11. Taking Medications While Breastfeeding
  12. Weaning
  13. Support people
  • Talk to others who have breastfed.  Hearing about other's experiences both good/bad can help you prepare for your own breastfeeding journey.
  • Sign up for a breastfeeding class before your 34th week of pregnancy. That way, if your baby is born early, you will have had an opportunity to learn about breastfeeding in a class setting.
  • Ask your doctor or midwife to check your breasts around the 32nd to 34th week of pregnancy.  If you learn that you have flat or inverted nipples, a Lactation Specialist can help you with a variety of techniques to help baby with latching.
  • Go to a Moms Club or LaLeche League meeting where you will see lots of mothers nursing their infants. You will have a chance to ask questions and share the experiences of others. You will have access there to books, pamphlets, phone help and new friends who will continue to support your plans to breastfeed. You can search for LaLeche League groups on the LaLeche League website.
  • Purchase a cotton nursing bra, with easy-to-detach cup fasteners. Avoid underwire if you can or look for one with a partial wire, to help prevent milk gland constriction which sometimes leads to plugged ducts. Other helpful items are washable nursing pads and Lansinoh nipple ointment.
  • Learn about hand expression of breastmilk. This easy-to-learn skill (when utilized as soon as possible after baby is born) can be effective in maximizing and maintaining breast milk supply. Learn more about maximizing your breastmilk supply..