Breastfeeding Facts

1. You cannot "spoil" a baby by breastfeeding.

2. Most women do not need to prepare their nipples ahead of time.

3. You can nurse after a Caesarean delivery.

4. Sore nipples are not caused by nursing too often or too long.

5. Sore nipples can be avoided by positioning the baby correctly on your breast.

6. Breastfed babies do not need formula supplements.

7. The more milk baby removes, the more milk you'll produce.

8. All women produce enough milk for their babies, regardless of their breast size.

9. It is possible to nurse in public without anyone noticing.

10. Breastfeeding is easier than bottle feeding.

11. Breastfeeding does not "tie you down."

12. Most breastfed babies do not need solids until 6 months of age.

13. The baby's father can play an important role in baby care.

14. You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby.

15. Breast milk is always at the right temperature, so there is no risk of scalding.

16. You can continue to breastfeed even if you return to work or school.

17. You can easily combine breastfeeding with bottle feeding.

18. Breastfed babies are sweet-smelling.

19. Breastfed babies are healthier than formula-fed babies.

20. Breastfeeding is about more than just food - it's love, comfort and security.

21. Fair-skinned women have no more problems with breastfeeding than dark-skinned women.

22. You can feed your baby as often as he wants—no need to watch the clock.

23. Breastfed babies are easier to take out—just grab a few diapers and go.

24. Breastfeeding does not make your breasts sag.

25. Breastfeeding for even one day is a very special gift for your baby.


How To Become A PC

Are you an experienced breastfeeding mom? Do you have positive, enthusiastic feelings about breastfeeding? Are you comfortable discussing breastfeeding? Want to help other mothers experience the joy of breastfeeding? Become a peer counselor today!

Ready to Get Started?

The first step involves finding out if there is a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program in your area.

In New York State:

View a list of WIC Local agencies.

If there isn't a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program near you and you are still interested in supporting breastfeeding moms, you can contact La Leche League.


Work and School

Going back to work doesn't mean you have to stop breastfeeding.


Plan it Out - Planning ahead makes the transition back to work easier. Find tips and support for being successful.

Talk it Out - Talking with your supervisor and coworkers can make returning to work go more smoothly.

Expressing and Pumping - Learn how to express and/or pump your milk.

Child Care - Help with choosing breastfeeding friendly child care. 


Keep It Going

Cultural and social expectations can pressure you into making decisions about breastfeeding. Decide what's best for you and your baby by using the information here.

Family Matters - Discover tips for including partners and other support people in the breastfeeding experience.

Can I Eat that? - Look up the reality of eating while breastfeeding. It's not what you might think.

Out and About - Going out with your breastfed baby is easy. Learn more about how to make it work.

Good Night, Baby - Understand the truth about nighttime feedings and sleeping through the night.

Starting Solids - Get answers to everyday questions about starting solid foods.

Teething - Look forward to your baby's first tooth. No need to be concerned about continuing to breastfeed.

Beyond a Year - The longer you breastfeed the more the benefits add up. Find information and support to help you breastfeed for as long as you want.

When You Wean - How long you breastfeed depends on you, your baby, and your circumstances. Look here for help when you decide to wean.


Off To A Good Start

Make beautiful memories - plan for your birth and start thinking about welcoming your new little one as you begin to breastfeed.

Your Birth, Your Way - Check out ways to plan ahead for a wonderful birth experience and successful breastfeeding in the early days.

Hello, Baby - Becoming a new mom can be overwhelming, find tips here that can help you deal with welcoming your baby into the world.

Latching and Attaching - A good latch and comfortable position can make all the difference. Find out how.

Got Breastmilk? - Many mothers worry about making enough milk - uncover the secrets to a great milk supply.

Bumps in the Road - Breastfeeding is an exciting and fulfilling part of motherhood! Don't let common "bumps in the road" prevent you from experiencing it.

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