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Breastfeeding 101

Everything you need to know about breastfeeding—from buying that first nursing bra to deciding when to wean.

Breastfeeding: it's one of the most natural and intimate of all human interactions. But, just because it's natural doesn't mean it's easy—especially in those first few overwhelming weeks with your newborn.

Breastfeeding takes knowledge and practice. You've got a million questions about how to get it right. And, luckily, you've come to the right place.

Here's your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about breastfeeding—from buying that first nursing bra to deciding when to wean. You'll find advice and information on how to get the proper latch, what to eat while breastfeeding, how to keep breastfeeding when you go back to work, and how to breastfeed and still have a life.

You'll find stories of women who've overcome nursing challenges and you'll learn how to form your own breastfeeding support system. Wondering whether breastfeeding is a reliable form of birth control, or whether you can breastfeed after a breast-augmentation or breast-reduction surgery? You'll find answers to these questions—and more—in the articles below.

Breastfeeding Basics

Liquid Assets
Feeding your baby breast milk does more good than you might think. Here are 18 (mostly) surprising benefits.

Video: How To Breastfeed
Our step-by-step video shows you how to get it right.

Breastfeeding Guide For The Whole First Year
Nursing changes as your baby grows. Here’s how to adapt.

Keeping Abreast
The latest expert advice on five common breastfeeding issues

Tender Mercies
The best ways to prevent and treat sore nipples

Undress For Success
And 5 more simple, surprising ways to become a lactation maven

Start Smart
The first six weeks are crucial when it comes to nursing your baby. Be prepared with our five simple steps to success.

Working Girls
Fretting about the end of your maternity leave? Good news: You can still breastfeed when you head back to the office.

Booby Blunders
From caving in to bad advice to trying to force a schedule, the top five nursing pitfalls—and how to avoid them.

Milk Duds
Sore nipples, low milk supply and other common problems, plus simple ways to overcome them

Choose The Right Nursing Bra For You
Comfy, supportive, and, yes, sexy.

The Milky Way
Everything you need to know to be a nursing pro

Other Mothers’ Milk
Some moms just aren’t able to breastfeed. Fortunately, these women can still give their babies the breast milk they need.

Where to Get the Support You Need
View our state-by-state list of support stores
 

Breastfeeding On The Go

Breastfeeding A Go-Go
How to nurse your baby and still have a life

Nursing in Public
Stylish ways to nurse your baby in public—or even pump at work—without baring it all.

Express Yourself
The nuts and bolts of pumping breast milk for your baby
 

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Liquid Assets
Feeding your baby breast milk does more good than you might think. Here are 18 (mostly) surprising benefits.

Breast Is Best
Nursing your baby is great for both of you.


Breastfeeding Stories

Meet My New Breasts
For this mom, some previously private property became quite public.

Adventures In Breastfeeding
From short nipples to pumping in public, some surprising nursing challenges and how five women overcame them.

Word to the wise
Forget balance. Being a working mom requires integration.

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