Breast milk is important for baby’s growth and development. It provides needed nutrition, aids digestion, and helps prevent allergies, infections, and many diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months. The AAP recommends that solid foods be introduced at six months, but babies should also continue to breastfeed through the first year and beyond for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby.
American Academy of Pediatrics – Breastfeeding
This AAP site provides resources to families about breastfeeding, as well as information about ongoing initiatives and breastfeeding advocacy efforts.
MedlinePlus: Breast Feeding
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this link has trusted government-sponsored and privately-developed health information on breastfeeding and related topics.
National Library of Medicine: Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)
This NLM database can be searched by drug name to find information about drug levels and effects in both breastfeeding mothers and infants.
Breastfeeding — Best For Baby. Best For Mom
This website provides tips and suggestions for successful breastfeeding as well as links to additional information.
La Leche League International
The La Leche League works to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding and to support mothers who are breastfeeding or want to breastfeed. This site provides answers to frequently asked questions, online forums, and information for finding local support groups.
International Lactation Consultant Association
This professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and other health care professionals involved in breastfeeding support provides a searchable directory of lactation consultants.
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Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital offers classes at a variety of dates and times for mothers who plan to breastfeed. For more information, please call 312-926-8400.
The National Women’s Health Information Center has La Leche League International trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselors who can help you with common breastfeeding questions. Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline for expert advice, support and assistance in both English and Spanish: 1-800-994-9662.
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