August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.
In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we've compiled the following guide to serve as your one-stop resource for the information and support you'll need to be successful at breastfeeding. Arm yourself with information now, and you'll thank yourself later for giving your baby the best possible start in life.
The Support You Need
The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding
From the proper latch to the perfect nursing bra--everything you need to know to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.
More Nursing Know-How
Breastfeeding can be difficult for some women in the first few weeks, but it gets easier and more natural with time. Here, you'll find answers to our readers' most frequently asked questions about breastfeeding.
Where to Get the Support You Need
Boutique-style stores that specialize in breastfeeding--with bras, pumps, lotions, potions and virtually everything else in between--are sprouting up in cities nationwide. Check our guide to see if there's one near you.
Breastfeeding may be more difficult than you expect. The right help can make all the difference.
The Milky Way
Lactation consultants' best advice for successful breastfeeding
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Miracle of Mother's Milk
It will make your baby healthier and smarter. There are lifelong benefits for you, too.
200 Reasons to Breastfeed
The abundance of good things in mother's milk offers your baby lifelong benefits.
The nuts and bolts of pumping breast milk for your baby
Real Mothers Share Their Stories
Need Some Tips on Breastfeeding?
The best tricks often come from moms who've been there.
My Superhero Power
Superman's got nuthin' on Supermom
Sometimes a nursing mother needs a good euphemism.
Adventures in Breastfeeding
From short nipples to pumping in public, some surprising nursing challenges and how five women overcame them.
United States Breastfeeding Committee