Breastfeeding helps give your baby its best start in life:
Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your baby needs for at least the first six months of his life and continues to be the most important part of his diet throughout the first year.
The unique components in breastmilk contribute to optimal development for your child's brain, eyesight, speech, and jaw.
Plus, breastfeeding provides ample opportunity for mother and baby to bond and form a secure attachment.
However, we know that breastfeeding isn't always easy. The resources on this page will help you troubleshoot common breastfeeding problems, make well informed decisions about your infant's health, and show children and other adults that breastfeeding is normal and natural.
All the resources are available here at no charge.
Our Breastfeeding Educational Module identifies strategies that parents, librarians, educators, health care providers, and community members can use to educate children about this important form of sustenance. It includes a number of activities to normalize breastfeeding, help kids understand how breastfeeding works, and teach about breastfeeding in non-human mammals.
Breastfeeding has long-reaching benefits for babies, mothers, families, and communities. However, most children do not have adequate exposure to this normal and natural act of parenting. Teaching children about breastfeeding familiarizes them with how important breastmilk is to infant development, promotes a better understanding of how mothers provide for their babies, and encourages healthy life choices.
Download this handout for books, games, songs, and strategies to talk with children about breastfeeding.
Children's books are a powerful tool for normalizing breastfeeding for children.
Read this article on the ALSC blog from Platypus Media author and librarian Phoebe Fox about how libraries can support breastfeeding in their community:
"Through a diverse collection, libraries can help expose children to the universal nature and beauty of the act."
Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. Click on the image to find one near you!
When it comes to a baby’s health, parents need fast answers they can trust. A Pacify membership provides on-demand access to a nationwide network of Pediatric Nurses, Registered Dietitians, and Lactation Consultants, available for virtual consultation in English and Spanish 24/7.
Pacify is available to purchase nationwide. All Pacify subscriptions include unlimited video visits with nurses, nutritionists, and lactation consultants. Click to download:
Breastfeeding is natural, but it does not always come naturally.
La Leche League USA helps parents, families, and communities to breastfeed, chestfeed, and human milk feed their babies through parent-to-parent support. They encourage, inform, educate, support, and promote the use of human milk and the intimate relationship and development that comes from nursing a child for as long as mutually desired.
Click here to find a meeting near you.
This easy-to-read publication from the U.S.'s Office on Women's Health has how-to info and support to help you breastfeed.
OWH is raising awareness of the importance of breastfeeding to help mothers give their babies the best start possible in life.
In addition to this guide, OWH offers online content at
OWH also runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline at 800-994-9662.