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Other Breastfeeding and Breast Milk FAQs

Basic information for topics, such as "What is it?" and "How many people are affected?" is available in the About Breastfeeding and Breast Milk section. Answers to other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) specific to breastfeeding and breast milk are in this section.

  • When should I breastfeed my infant?

  • What should I know about formula?

  • How do I breastfeed when I am traveling?

  • What are breast milk banks and when are they used?

  • What do I need to know about breastfeeding at work?

  • What are some common breastfeeding myths?

  • Should I breastfeed my infant if he or she is born preterm or at a low birth weight?

  • Should I breastfeed my twins (or triplets)?

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Citations

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  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. (2014). Breastfeeding: Learning to breastfeed. Retrieved February 1, 2016, from http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/learning-to-breastfeed.php [top]
  2. MedlinePlus. (2016). Feeding patterns and diet—babies and infants. Retrieved June 1, 2016, from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000712.htm [top]
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. (1999). Iron fortification of infant formulas. Pediatrics, 104(1), 119–123. Retrieved November 4, 2016, from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/104/1/119 External Web Site Policy [top]
  4. U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. (2009). Infant formula feeding. In Infant Nutrition and Feeding: A Guide for Use in the WIC and FSF Programs (81–100). Retrieved October 13, 2016, from https://wicworks.fns.usda.gov/wicworks//Topics/FG/CompleteIFG.pdf (PDF - 3.4 MB) [top]
  5. MedlinePlus. (2016). Infant formulas. Retrieved June 1, 2016, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002447.htm [top]
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Travel recommendations for the nursing mother.Retrieved February 1, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/travel_recommendations.htm [top]
  7. Keim, S. A., Hogan, J. S., McNamara, K. A., Gudimetla, V., Dillon, C. E., Kwiek, J. J., & Geraghty, S. R. (2013). Microbial contamination of human milk purchased via the Internet. Pediatrics, 132(5), e1227–e1235. Retrieved November 4, 2016, from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/10/16/peds.2013-1687 External Web Site Policy [top]
  8. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015). Use of donor human milk. Retrieved February 1, 2016, from http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/
    PediatricTherapeuticsResearch/ucm235203.htm
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  9. U.S. Department of Labor. (n.d.). Break time for nursing mothers. Retrieved April 27, 2012, from http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers [top]
  10. Marasco, L. (1998). Common breastfeeding myths. LEAVEN, 34(2), 21–24 (republished on La Leche League International website in 2007). Retrieved February 1, 2016, from http://www.llli.org/nb/lvaprmay98p21nb.html External Web Site Policy [top]
  11. La Leche League International. (2016). What is colostrum? How does it benefit my baby? Retrieved February 1, 2016, from http://www.llli.org/faq/colostrum.html External Web Site Policy [top]
  12. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. (2014). Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding a baby with a health problem. Retrieved June 1, 2016, from http://womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/
    breastfeeding-baby-with-health-problem.html#premature
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  13. La Leche League International. (2008). I have just learned I am pregnant with twins. What do I need to know to breastfeed under these circumstances? Retrieved February 1, 2016, from http://www.llli.org/faq/twins.html External Web Site Policy [top]
  14. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. (2014). Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding and special situations. Retrieved June 1, 2016, from http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/
    breastfeeding-and-special-situations.html
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