Breastfeeding — Starting Out Right (Resources)

July 23, 2011. Posted in: Preparing to Breastfeed

The Basics | Choosing Health Care | Choosing a Nursing Bra | Choices that can affect breastfeeding

The Basics

Information is Your Ally in preparing to breastfeed: 10 Tips for Success
by Eva Lyford @

Breastfeeding – Starting Out Right
This article by breastfeeding expert Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC discusses seven ways that breastfeeding can be made easy.

Breastfeeding 101
An article by Cindy Curtis RN, IBCLC that addresses the questions “How do I get started?” and “What do I need?”

Getting Started
This article, by breastfeeding counselor Paula Yount, discusses things you can do before birth, in the hospital and at home to get a good start to breastfeeding.

PDF Making Milk is Easy: 10 Steps to Make Plenty of Milk from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

“Normal” Is A Very Scary Word
by Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC. “Breastfeeding is nothing extra or special. Breastfeeding is just… normal.”

An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for African-American Women
by the Office of Women’s Health, US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Benefits of breastfeeding, FAQs and why it’s important to promote breastfeeding in the African-American community.

Breastfeeding Your Baby
from the University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Role of the Father in Breastfeeding
by Elaine Moran, BA, CLC.

Flat or Inverted Nipples
These links have information on determining whether you have flat or inverted nipples and what to about it.

Recommended (and NOT) Books
Books on breastfeeding and parenting topics to include in your personal library, and books to avoid.

How do I find breastfeeding help?
It’s a good idea to be aware of your local breastfeeding support people before your baby is born. If you’ve had breastfeeding difficulties in the past, or have specific concerns during your pregnancy, go ahead and talk to a lactation consultant (and/or La Leche League Leader) during your pregnancy.

PDF Clinical Guidelines for the Establishment of Exclusive Breastfeeding. International Lactation Consultant Association.

Choosing Health Care

How to Know a Health Professional is not Supportive of Breastfeeding
by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

10 Steps to a Breastfeeding-Friendly Obstetric Practice
by Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

How Much Does Your Doctor Really Know About Breastfeeding?
by Gwen Morrison

Choosing a breastfeeding-friendly pediatrician
by Kathy Kuhn, IBCLC

10 Steps to a Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatric Practice
by Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

Working with Your Child’s Doctor
This article by Janice Berry is from the LLL publication New Beginnings (Vol. 16 No. 6, November-December 1999, pp. 196-199). It discusses doctors’ knowledge of breastfeeding and offers tips on choosing a doctor and working with your baby’s doctor.

The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative

Choosing a nursing bra

All About Nursing Bras
by Becky Flora, IBCLC
Excellent information that covers all the basics.

The Nursing Bra Fitting Room: Selecting the Right Nursing Bra
by PJ Jacobsen, IBCLC
Some of the most detailed info available on fit, including differences in size & shape of various nursing bra brands.

Choosing the Right Nursing Bra
from AskDrSears.com

Choices that can affect breastfeeding

Choices that can affect breastfeeding
This article by Andrea Eastman, MA, CCE discusses how different obstetric interventions can directly or indirectly influence the initiation and duration of breastfeeding.

How pain medications and birth interventions can affect breastfeeding
by Kathy Kuhn, IBCLC

Labor Medications: Effects on the nursing infant
by Marie Davis, RN, IBCLC

Circumcision and Breastfeeding
Circumcision can affect your nursing relationship in the early days.

Epidurals and Breastfeeding
by Jan Riordan, RN, EdD, IBCLC, FAAN, from Breastfeeding Abstracts, November 1999, Volume 19, Number 2, pp. 11-12.

The Effect of Labor Pain Relief Medication on Neonatal Suckling and Breastfeeding Duration
by Jan Riordan, EdD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN, Aimee Gross, RN, MSN, Judy Angeron, RN, BA, Becky Krumwiede, RN, and Jeri Melin, RN, BSN, from J Hum Lact 2000;16(1):7-1