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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding has numerous advantages for infants, mothers, and families. These include improved health, nutrition, immune function, and development as well as various psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Internet Resources

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.


  • Complete guide to medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding: everything you need to know to make the best choices for you and your baby. Weiner CP, Rope K. 2013.
  • Better way to breastfeed: the latest, most effective ways to feed and nurture your baby with comfort and ease. Weiss RE. 2010.
  • Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide. Spangler A. 2010.
  • Breastfeeding mother’s guide to making more milk. West D. 2009.

The following resources are available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health+library+virtual+library.

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health: Infancy Through Adolescence.pp 366-9. Byrnes JL, Davidson T. 2011.


  • “Primary prevention of allergic disease through nutritional interventions.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunolog. 1(1):29-36. Fleisher DM et al. June 2013.
  • “Breastfeeding: an overview of oral and general health benefits.” Journal of the American Dental Association. 144(2):143-51. Salone LR et al. 2013.
  • “Breastfeeding support for mothers in workplace employment or educational settings: summary statement.” Breastfeeding Medicine. 8(1):137:42. Marinelli KA et al. 2013.
  • “Safety during breastfeeding: drugs, foods, environmental chemicals, and maternal infections.” Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 18(1):13-8. Berlin CM Jr , van den Anker JN. 2013.


  • Breastfeeding best practice: teaching latch and early management. 2008
  • Breastfeeding Comprehensive. 2007
  • Breastfeeding FAQs. 2007


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.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Women’s Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.


Last UpdateFebruary 17, 2014