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Guide to Breastfeeding


In this guide:

  • Why breast milk
  • How milk adjusts for your baby's needs
  • When and how often to feed?
  • Making breastfeeding easier
  • Increasing milk supply
  • What affects quality and quantity?
  • Breastfeeding mom's bill of rights
  • Where to get help


The prospect of breastfeeding can be daunting: What if my baby doesn't latch on? What if there's not enough milk? What if it hurts too much? The best way to handle the anxiety: Learn as much as possible about breastfeeding before you start. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies breastfeed exclusively for at least six months and at least partially, in combination with solids, until they turn 1. Not everyone can achieve that, but here's what you need to know - about getting your baby to latch on properly, how breastfeeding affects you, and more - so you both can get the best start.