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Breastfeeding or chestfeeding should not be painful.

There may be discomfort at first when the baby latches on to the nipple, but it should be minimal and should go away in the first week or so. Pain that continues or is severe should be assessed by your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant.

My breasts are swollen, hard, heavy, and tender.

If your breasts feel swollen, hard, heavy and tender, then they’re engorged. As milk changes from colostrum to mature milk in the days after delivery, breast tissues may swell, and it can be difficult for the milk to be removed from the breast due to the swelling. Breast massage, hand expression, or ice packs on […]

I think giving formula might solve my problem.

If you are struggling with this decision, please contact a lactation consultant or your healthcare provider to reassess your feeding goals. It’s important that your baby stays well-nourished and that your decisions are well informed. Also, it’s important that you share your feeding plans with your healthcare team so they can provide individual education specifically […]

It is painful to breastfeed.

Discomfort during breastfeeding should be minimal. Painful breastfeeding is not normal. Many times, painful breastfeeding is relieved by improving the baby’s latch. If your nipples are very sore, cracked or bleeding, please contact a lactation consultant for a feeding assessment. In the meantime try to ensure your baby is latched-on well.

I am not sure I have enough milk.

In the early days and weeks, your baby may need to eat every 1-2 hours, or more. Twelve feedings in 24 hours is not uncommon. Feeding your baby on cue early helps to bring in a full milk supply and maintain it. Another reason for low milk supply is that the baby is not latched […]

National Resources

Getting Help (Hotlines) National Domestic Violence Hotline800-799-SAFE for 24/7 confidential help Postpartum Support International (mental health help and support groups)1-800-944-4773 (call or text “help”) National Maternal Mental Health Hotline (24/7 English and Spanish)1-833-943-5746 (1-833-9-HELP4MOMS) Office on Women’s Health (breastfeeding)Phone Helpline: 800-994-9662 M-F 9am–6pm (EST) Breastfeeding Support Breastfeeding Answers and Resources for Help Breastfeeding for African-Americans […]

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 continue to feed human milk to your baby 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.