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Benefits for your baby

Early milk (colostrum) is the perfect first food for your baby. It should be your milk and nothing else, starting within an hour of birth. It provides antibodies and nutrition for your baby. It’s easy to digest. That means less cramping and less gas and less crying. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk […]

Baby Cues

Newborn tummies are very small! In the beginning, there may be times when your baby eats a little bit nearly all the time. This is normal. The frequent feeding helps bring in a good milk supply for you. Did You Know? Pacifiers can hide cues that your newborn baby is ready to eat. Avoid using […]

National Resources

COVID-19 Information on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WHO FAQ on COVID-19 and Pregnancy/Childbirth WHO FAQ on COVID-19 and Breastfeeding COVID-19 Vaccine Information on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Connecticut Resources

Connecticut Breastfeeding Campaign Its Worth It Breastfeeding Support and Information Connecticut WIC ProgramLa Leche League of ConnecticutFind A Lactation ConsultantUnited Way of ConnecticutZip Milk Lactancia: Herencia Y Orgullo (Heritage and Pride) Employed Breastfeeding Mothers What Are Your Rights (English)What Are Your Rights (Spanish)Sample Letter To Employer

Make a Plan

It is well documented that breastfeeding provides numerous benefits to both mother and child. Make a Plan! It’s Worth It!

Make It Work

You CAN breastfeed after returning to work or school. Download this checklist to help you and your family prepare for a successful transition to school or your workplace

Support Tips

Support the new mother in your life Limit the number of visitors in the first weeks of the baby’s life. Some mothers may feel overwhelmed and will appreciate the private time to adjust to the new baby. If you are visiting the new family, plan to help with household chores such as food preparation, garbage/diaper […]

Know the Basics

Learn about breastfeeding ahead of time. Ask to be included in discussions with healthcare providers about breastfeeding. This should start before the baby is born. Attend a breastfeeding class with the expectant mother in your life. Locate a support group for families in your area.

Using a Pump

Arrange use of a pump Talk with your insurance provider and/or your health care provider about your eligibility for a personal electric breast pump. Your hospital, employer, school or local WIC office may have pumps for rent. Manual pumps are also available. Practice expressing, storing and feeding your milk Begin expressing and bottle-feeding your milk […]

Make a Plan

Make a plan for back to work or school Talk to your supervisor, academic advisor, or school nurse about your postpartum plans. Did You Know? A breastfed baby is less likely to get sick, so you will miss fewer days from work or school. Planning for your return can make it easier to transition back […]