You already know that breastfeeding is best for you and your baby. What you may not know is that learning to breastfeed can take time, patience and practice. Learn what to expect with breastfeeding, build your confidence, and know where to find support.
Knowledge + Support + Confidence = Success!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding your baby only breast milk until age 6 months, and breast milk plus solid foods from 6-12 months and beyond. The World Health Organization recommends feeding only breast milk for 6 months and breast milk plus solid foods for 2 or more years.
Breastfeeding can be challenging for both new and experienced moms. Whatever your breastfeeding goal may be, find the information and support you need below. You got this mom!
The Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers up to date Breastfeeding Information and Resources. Download "Your Guide to Breastfeeding" to learn more about why breastfeeding is important, how to breastfeed, how to pump and store breastmilk and how to fit breastfeeding in with your lifestyle. Find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or ask your health care provider for a referral. La Leche League also offers monthly meetings and one-on-one support in some parts of the state.
The more you know about breastfeeding the easier it will be to meet your breastfeeding goal. Watch videos about normal breastfeeding newborn behavior and find out breastfeeding resources in your community.
Vermont breastfeeding laws provide protection for women who nurse in public and support breastfeeding women when they return to the workplace. In addition, recent healthcare reform at the federal level put in place break time requirements for employers.
- Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Project
- Nursing Mothers Factsheet
- Vermont Commission on Women publications
- US Breastfeeding Committee – Online Guide: What You Need to Know About the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Law
- Breastfeeding at Work
- Pumping and Breastmilk Storage
- Making It Work Toolkit – for Moms and Families