11 Breastfeeding Basics To Become A Milk Maven

We're celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Month with a roundup of our best advice—from how to latch, boosting your supply to treating sore nipples.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

You've likely heard that breastfeeding can confer some pretty impressive benefits to your baby—reduced ear infections and asthma, maybe even a bump in IQ among them.

Here are 18 (mostly) surprising benefits >>

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Mastering the Latch

Getting the proper latch can make or break your breastfeeding experience.

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We show you how with our step-by-step guide with detailed photos and expert tips.

Video Guide >>

Watch a detailed step-by-step video on how to achieve the deep latch technique with expert tips from Corky Harvey, R.N., M.S., a lactation consultant and co-owner of The Pump Station.

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Be sure to tell your labor and delivery nurses that you want to be skin-to-skin with your baby as soon as he's born.

Your baby is more likely to latch on and begin breastfeeding well if he's put on your chest, skin-to-skin, immediately after birth; wait too long and he may be too sleepy.

Five more simple, surprising ways to become a lactation maven >>

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Is my Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?

It's one of the most common questions among new breastfeeding moms: Is my baby getting enough milk?

Not experiencing some uncertainty is difficult, since you can't actually see how much milk your body is producing, and, therefore, how much your newborn is getting.

Read on for surefire signs that your baby is thriving >>

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Breastfeeding Guide for the Whole First Year

The first days and weeks of breastfeeding often boil down to sheer survival: getting your baby to latch onto (and stay on!) your breast; functioning on what often feels like mere minutes of sleep; and willing yourself to keep going if you're having problems.

Yet at some point down the road, you're likely to have different questions and concerns as your baby grows.

Here's a look at some of the breastfeeding issues you're likely to face throughout the first year >>

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10 Things New Moms Don't Know About Breastfeeding

Before you were pregnant, you probably hadn't heard that your legs would get hairier or your nipples would darken as your baby grew inside of you, but you learned these and other quirky details while venturing through the trimesters.

Here are 10 things you probably don't know >>

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How to Treat Sore Nipples

Anyone who's suffered from sore nipples can attest: It hurts. A lot. So much so, in fact, that despite your best intentions (not to mention a healthy dose of biting the proverbial bullet), you're ready to give up. Don't do it!

The best ways to prevent and treat sore nipples >>