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Here you’ll find an archive of all of our breastfeeding resources written by our certified experts. Everything you ever wanted to know and more is right at your fingertips and just a click away.

Breastfeeding: How to Know When Baby is Hungry (Rooting Reflex)

While babies might not come into the world knowing exactly how to breastfeed, they're born with something wonderful called the "rooting reflex," an instinctive search for food that helps you recognize when your baby is hungry. If you can learn to recognize your baby's natural rooting signals, it'll help make breastfeeding more effective and enjoyable.
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Breastfeeding: The First Six Weeks

You've just spent 9 months focusing on labor and the delivery. Now it's time to learn the mom-and-baby breastfeeding dance. Breastfeeding is a learning process for both you and your baby, since neither of you have done this before. It takes time, and you learn by doing it—and doing it, and doing it some more.
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Breastfeeding and Nutrition: What should I eat while breastfeeding?

There is so much information about what and what not to eat when you're pregnant, but what about when you're breastfeeding? If you think about it, you're still eating for two—and the smallest one of you is growing and developing at a phenomenal rate.
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Breastfeeding: Where to Find Support

Successful breastfeeding happens with support. Every baby and mother is unique and may require unique support.
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Breastfeeding: How to Latch

Learn the basics of how to latch. A deep latch is important to breastfeeding because it helps ensure that your baby is drinking effectively from the breast and that you aren't in pain.
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Breastfeeding: What a Good Latch Feels Like

It's important to have an understanding of what a good latch should feel like so when the time comes for you to begin breastfeeding, you'll have a better sense of whether your baby is latching properly.
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Breastfeeding: How to Know if you Have a Good Deep Latch

How do you know if you have a good deep latch? Here are the signs that will tell you if your latch is effective during your first days of breastfeeding.
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Care Plan: What to do if Your Baby Won’t Latch

What if your baby isn't latching at all? This is more common than you'd think, so don't worry if it happens. The problem can be caused by many factors, including your baby's mouth, your baby's suck or your nipples.
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Care Plan: How to Use a Nipple Shield

Ideally, nipple shields should only be used when the breastfeeding problem is the latch, not your milk supply. If your milk supply is just enough or low, the nipple shield isn't the best answer to the latch problem. If this is the case, you'll have to keep pumping and supplementing until your supply increases.
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Effective Feeding: What is it?

It takes two. This is an important concept in the early days of breastfeeding, since neither the superior sucking skills of your baby nor the steady supply of your milk can guarantee a successful feeding on its own.
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