Making the decision to breastfeed is a very personal matter. It's also one that's very likely to elicit strong opinions from friends and family. Many medical authorities, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, strongly recommend breastfeeding. But you and your baby are unique, and the decision is up to you. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage on breastfeeding, including information on the benefits of breastfeeding, how to do it, and more.
Breastfeeding When You Have Diabetes-Topic Overview
Even though you have diabetes, you can have the same success with breast-feeding as any other woman. Breast-feeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical specialist organizations, because it benefits the mother and the infant. Make sure your diabetes care team and other members of the health care team know before the birth that you are planning to breast-feed.Nutritional requirements of breast-feedingNutrition is one key to a healthy, successful breast-feeding experience. Taking care of a new baby may change when and how you eat. So you might need to test your blood sugar more often and adjust your diabetes medicines.Eat a nutritious diet and be sure you are getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D.Your body is using energy making breast milk, so you might have more low blood sugars. Eat a snack before or during nursing or before naps to prevent hypoglycemia. A registered dietitian can help you tailor your meal plan to meet your nutritional
Breastfeeding-How to Breastfeed
You may sometimes doubt your ability to successfully breast - feed. It is common to have questions and occasional struggles. Remember, most breast - feeding issues are easily resolved when you know what to expect and have support from others.Getting started and keeping it upYou may be unsure about how to begin breast - feeding. A lactation consultant is available at many hospitals and birthing cen
What is weaning?Weaning is the term used to describe the process of switching a baby from:Breast - feeding to bottle - feeding.Breast - or bottle - feeding to a cup.Breast - or bottle - feeding to solid foods.Your baby will go through one or more of these weaning processes. All types of weaning usually work best when they are done gradually. When is the best time to wean my baby?There is no righ
Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding
How to decide which choice is right for you.
How to Have Healthy Breasts for Life
How to keep your breasts healthy, including diet, exercise, mammograms, and learning what normal changes to expect as you go through life.
How Can You Set Up a Breastfeeding System?
Setting up a schedule that allows breastfeeding at work.
Breast Pumps for Nursing Moms
Breast pumps can be intimidating, but they don't need to be. A guide to choosing an electric or manual pump, tips for getting the most out of your pump, and the basics on handling and storing pumped breast milk.
8 Tips for Losing Weight After Pregnancy
Now that your new baby is here, you have a lot to think about: when to feed her, what to do if she cries -- and how to get rid of those extra pounds you packed on during your pregnancy.
Breastfeeding and Your Child's Weight
How does breastfeeding impact your child's weight later in life?
Getting Started With Breastfeeding: How-To Video
There are many ways to help new mothers and babies become acclimated to breastfeeding. We look at how to begin the process.
The Advantages of Breastfeeding
Keith Eddleman, MD, talks about the advantages of breastfeeding
From breast pads to pumps, we outline basic supplies that support the efforts of nursing mothers.
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