One of the first decisions all moms have to make is how they’re going to feed their babies. The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. New moms deserve support no matter how they decide to feed their baby.
During National Breastfeeding Month, the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) shares its online resources for making the decision to breastfeed, learning how to breastfeed, overcoming breastfeeding challenges, and pumping and storing of breastmilk. OWH answers questions such as What are the health benefits of breastfeeding? How do you know if you make enough breastmilk? Do you need to avoid certain foods? Will physical activity affect how much breastmilk you make? Can you drink alcohol?
OWH’s breastfeeding resources for moms include:
- Online Content
- Breastfeeding Fact Sheet
- Your Guide to Breastfeeding, an easy-to-read publication with how-to information and support to help women breastfeed. Download the ePub, free of charge, for your tablet, eReader or smartphone. MOBI format also available.
Supporting Nursing Moms at Work
For employers, OWH developed The Business Case for Breastfeeding, a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace. The program highlights how such support contributes to the success of the entire business. The Business Case for Breastfeeding offers tools to help employers provide worksite lactation support and privacy for breastfeeding mothers to express milk. The program also offers guidance to employees on breastfeeding and working. Resources to help lactation specialists and health professionals to educate employers in their communities are also available.
Click here for the OWH factsheet on breast feeding.