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Breastfeeding

Introduction to Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding or bottle feeding your newborn baby is a personal decision. If you choose to breastfeed, it will be helpful if you are in a supportive environment and have resources to assist you with questions you may have or breastfeeding problems that may develop. The following breastfeeding tips may also be helpful:

  • Consider attending a series of La Leche League meetings or reading La Leche League's book on breastfeeding (The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding) before the birth of your baby.
  • Ask other breastfeeding mothers for advice.
  • Join a supportive network including other like-minded mothers to help with the commitments of this style of feeding.
  • If you are undecided at birth time, consider a one-month trial. It is easier to go from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding than the reverse.
  • The first month of breastfeeding is the most difficult, so if you get through that period, the rest will be easier.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/18/2014
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