Who can help me?
After deciding to breastfeed, it is helpful to have support from family and friends. Although fathers cannot
experience the intimate feeling of breastfeeding, they can share many other special, personal moments with their infants.
Older siblings can also help by holding the baby, changing diapers, and playing with him.
Before your baby is born, learn as much as you can about breastfeeding. Read, watch videos, and
talk to other women who have breastfed. Take a breastfeeding class; many hospitals and health organizations offer them. The
following are other helpful sources of information:
Before your baby is born, talk to your doctor about your plans to breastfeed. It is best to start
breastfeeding within the first hour after birth, if possible. Also, while you are in the hospital you and your baby should
remain together as much as possible. "Rooming-in" with your baby during your hospital stay has been shown to help make breastfeeding
Talk to your obstetrician and pediatrician to make sure any medications that you are taking will
not harm your baby when they pass through your milk. Most medications are not a cause for concern.
For More Help
Nursing Mothers’ Council (650-599-3669)
La Leche League International (800-LA-LECHE)
International Lactation Consultants Association lists of members in your area (919-787-5181)
So That’s What They’re For By Janet Tamaro
Breastfeeding By Mary Renfrew
Nursing Mother, Working Mother By Shella Kitzinger
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding By La Leche League