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.
12 Foods for New Moms
WebMD offers diet tips for new moms that will help boost your energy and increase nutrients for both you and your baby.
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 ...
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.
The Right Formula?
Parents debate what kind of milk is best to put in baby's bottle.
Donated Human breast milk is also used to help heal babies with infectious diseases, severe diarrhea, and pneumonia.
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
Slideshow: How to Increase Your Milk Supply
What can you do to increase your milk supply as a new mom? Find out what helps when you're breastfeeding or pumping your milk.
Slideshow: Breastfeeding Hints and Hurdles
Breastfeeding benefits you and baby, but it does take some know-how. Get a little help through the hurdles, with these breastfeeding hints.
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