Breastfeeding is the healthiest way
to feed a child and can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will
have as a parent. Because
nursing a baby is a learned skill, it is best to be prepared and learn
about the breastfeeding basics ahead of time to
make your nursing relationship with your child a positive one. The
benefits of breastfeeding are many, as are the
social and legal issues that come along with it,
but as with anything else - knowledge is power - so learn as much as you
can, then make your own decisions and create your own memories of your
infant's early childhood.
Once you've made the decision to
nurse your child, you may experience some difficulties or have some
questions along the way - within these pages you'll find the information
you need regarding milk supply issues, how and
whether to pump and store your breast milk, when
and if you should supplement with vitamins or
formula, what to eat or not to eat while
breastfeeding, whether you should diet while
nursing your child, how to deal with
engorged or painful breasts, and what types of
medications you may take if you're breastfeeding.
Many women are surprised to learn
that it can be possible for adoptive mothers to breastfeed through
induced lactation, and that women who have
stopped breastfeeding due to illness, choice or other reasons may be able
to again produce breast milk through relactation.
Whether you intend to have more
children right away, wait to have more, or have decided that you're
finished, you should definitely read our section on
birth control and fertility while breastfeeding
so that you may reach your family goals.
you decide that it's time to wean your child you
may want to check out this page for some guidance and encouragement.
Read this mother's story on the hurdles she
overcame to breastfeed her child and the joy she received from overcoming
You can also check these pages for
help with the logistics of breastfeeding such as what
type of pump would be best for you, what kind of
clothes you should wear while breastfeeding to
retain some privacy and comfort while nursing in public, bra jewelry to
remind you which breast to nurse from next and
breastfeeding books for any additional information that you may need.