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.
Expert Spotlight: Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act
Breastfeeding expert Cathy Carothers weighs in on how the Affordable Care Act offers support to mothers.
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
Nutrition While Breastfeeding-Topic Overview
If you are breast-feeding,you should eat 500 calories more each day than are otherwise recommended for a person of your height and weight. You may need even more calories if you: Are very active. Begin to lose weight rapidly. Are breast-feeding more than one infant. Good nutrition for you and your baby Eating a balanced diet will help you maintain your health while producing enough milk for ...
Quick Tips: Successful Breastfeeding-Topic Overview
Proper techniques are crucial for successful breast-feeding. Although some aspects of breast-feeding come naturally,learning new skills also is important. Before your baby is born,take classes,read books,and watch videos that demonstrate breast-feeding techniques. If you have concerns about your ability to breast-feed,talk to a lactation consultant while you are pregnant. After your baby ...
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.
Slideshows & Images
News ArchiveView All
Subscribe to the Pregnancy & Child Development Newsletter.
Get essential updates about your growing baby and what to expect each week.