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Breastfeeding Basics

Does Breastfeeding Really Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

Most women can rattle off a couple benefits of breastfeeding: Fewer colds and illnesses? Yep. A precious way to bond? Definitely.

But things get a little murkier when it comes to one, potentially life-saving reason to breastfeed: a reduced risk of breast cancer. While plenty of research has established a link, it’s surprisingly hard to get straight answers. We sorted through the studies to give you the scoop.

The Story Behind the Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding Pictures

Olivia Wilde made headlines when she posed for Glamour's September issue—while breastfeeding her son. Here's how it all happened. Related: New Celebrity Mom Trend: The Breastfeeding Selfie

How to Get a Free Breast Pump

Mamas, rejoice: A provision of the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide copayment-free lactation consulting and breast pumps. But since the law is fairly new, you might lock horns with your insurance provider over what you're entitled to. Three key questions to ask your insurer:

The Breastfeeding-in-Public Controversy Continues

You've seen the backlash against celebrities who have posted breastfeeding selfles online, and now, a California mom created more controversy when she shared a similar photo on Facebook. Why is breastfeeding so taboo? Tell us what you think on Twitter @FitPregnancy. 

The Shocking New Thing People Are Doing with Breast Milk

Tweet us your thoughts @FitPregnancy! Related: The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding

The Simple Way to Help Protect Your Baby's Heart Health

You’ve read about the many benefits of breastfeeding, but new research finds yet another reason for Baby to latch on: heart health for the rest of her life.

Breastfeeding is a Waste of Time! (Wait, What?)

Just when you thought giving birth was the hard part, you hit some serious breastfeeding hiccups (not the cute kind your baby makes after dinner). But as any new mother can attest, breastfeeding isn’t easy. In fact, you’ve probably wondered if it’s really worth the blood (yes, blood), sweat, and tears.

How to Use a Breast Pump—Properly

Corky Harvey, R.N., M.S., a lactation consultant and co-owner of The Pump Station, shows you how to best use a breast pump. Related: How to Breastfeed: Master the Deep Latch Technique

The Fun Way to Overcome Breastfeeding Problems

Looking for a place to hang with other breastfeeding moms and chat about the issues you're facing——without judgy glances? Baby Cafés, popular with European moms for years, are springing up across the U.S. Typically, they take over local community or children's centers, serve lattes and other hot bevvies, and are open one or more days a week.