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How do I breastfeed?

There are many mothers' groups, health organizations, and health care provider associations that provide very detailed information and support on how to breastfeed. The following overview is provided for information only—it is not meant to take the place of a health care provider or lactation consultant's advice or recommendation. Visit the Resources and Publications section to find the names of some breastfeeding organizations.

  • Know When to Feed Your Infant

  • Breastfeeding Tips: How to Get Off to a Good Start

  • Bring Your Infant to Your Breast to Latch

  • Signs of a Good Latch

  • How to End a Breastfeeding Session

  • How long should a breastfeeding session last?



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  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2016, March). Breastfeeding your baby. Retrieved June 1, 2016, from External Web Site Policy [top]
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. (2010, August). Breastfeeding: Learning to breastfeed. Retrieved January 28, 2016, from [top]

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