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Start here: Resources and Videos: General BF Information

Postby blue-eden » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:07 pm

Links are up! Feel free to add your own links and references below! :)

Just Starting Out:

If you’re new to breastfeeding, or thinking about nursing, thank you for joining us and we hope you find the information you need here to answer some of your questions!
Your questions are always welcomed on the board, but here are some resources for information, that might help you with your bfing relationship!
We appreciate any feedback! Please PM a Moderator if you have any suggestions or questions about this forum! Thanks and :welcome: !

Are you a nursing mother? Check out today's Daily Inspiration for bfing women! :hb:

An excellent article from Denbic from The Ecologist entitled SUCK ON THIS.

For General Information about Breastfeeding is a huge resource for not just information, but also LC support, video clips, bf humour, galleries and a place to make your very own bf webpage!

Breastfeeding includes a side bar with latest news concerning breastfeeding.

La Leche League International is a corner stone of the breastfeeding community. Their online resources include articles and forums, as well as FAQ. It’s a good idea to check out their forums for professional help with any questions or issues you have.

KellyMom is a huge database with lots of great information. One of the best sources on the web, and frequently cited here.

Breast Fed Babies has a special section for Dads, that you might want to share. Having real life support is very important, and a well informed partner is essential.

Breastfeeding twins??? Check out Breastfeeding Twins here.

Dr.Sears is a well known outspoken supporter of breastfeeding for families. Find his FAQ for breastfeeding here.

A great website put together by Marie Davis, R.N, I.IB.C.L.C.

Mothering is a very helpful resource, not just for breastfeeding but also for natural family living in general. The forums are active and very helpful as well!

The Baby Café is a UK resource. Very insightful.

The Lactivist sells bfing merchandise. Check out the Blog for great info.

007b is one of the best sites for breastfeeding and breasts in general.

Medela has good info on their site as well.

Breastfeeding Online has articles, a store, and a link to articles by Jack Newman, M.D.

Check out the Breastfeeding Channel at iParenting.

Breastfeeding 101 at WebMd.

African-American Breastfeeding Alliance is a non profit organization specially designed for African Americans.
Mocha Milk blogspot is another resource designed by and for African American women specifically.

The Pump Station. Video, information and shopping for nursing wear/pumps, etc.

And the mother of all lists!! A list of tons of great links to breastfeeding resources. Grab a cup of tea, a snack and settle're going to be here for a while :) Lots of great reading material here.

Government websites, Organizations and Statistical Information

The International Baby Food Action Network consists of public interest groups dedicated to reducing child mortality. A big emphasis on breastfeeding.

Infant Feeding Action Coalition is a Canadian resource for breastfeeding advocacy.

Center for Disease Control also carries links to studies and statistics. Please be aware of the authors of the studies and the way the statistics have been done, to ensure you are getting non-biased or supportive information.

US Dept. of Health and Human Services also includes a 1-800 number hotline for getting help.

The AAP. Keep up-to-date with AAP Breastfeeding Initiatives here.

The World Health Organization has issued strong statements about the importance of breastfeeding. The articles here are heavy and full of information, but an important part of understanding the advantages breastfed babies enjoy and the dangers of not bfing.

Key Messages from Unicef.

International Breastfeeding Journal. Lots of articles and studies.

BFMed is an international organization dedicated to promoting and protecting bfing. Worth reading.

US has tons of articles and newsfeeds.

The National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy is a pro-breastfeeding advocacy group.

Baby Milk Action is a very strongly pro-bf advocacy group.

Pro-Mom is another advocacy group.

Breastfeeding Tips in Photos and Videos:

Share this video from the 1970s from Sesame Street to help little ones understand and accept breastfeeding.

Some great videos at Breastfeeding Babies.

A promotional video for bfing and a Tribute to Breasts.

Basic information video about breastfeeding

Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog has some great videos.

The Birth Den with Dr.Jack Newman. Lots of great vids here.
Find a list of video from Dr.Jack Newman’s site here also for latches, poor vs good latches, compression tips, and how to use lactation aids.

Watch a video from Natural Breastfeeding Secrets with general information and tips about bfing here.

An awesome video with UK expert Vicki Scott on MetaCafe.

Visit the video archive at for informative clips. Awesome resource.

Pictures of different positions for bfing here and here, excellent ones here including ones for bfing in the NICU.

How to latch the baby correctly: here and here

Find a video for latching positioning here. There are also video for preventing sore nipples, and tips for bfing in public!

Ameda has some latching videos, as well as choosing pumps and guidelines for milk storage videos.

Breastfeeding Mums has lots of video on feeding, weaning, feeding solids, etc.

Lansinoh video on how to latch here.

Know your rights!!!

A 50 State Summary of BF Rights can be found here.
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Postby blue-eden » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:55 pm

Special Supplies and Breastfeeding Aids:

Breast care and latching aids:

If your little one is having trouble latching, your LC or LLL might recommend a nipple shield to help her latch. These are also useful for cracked and painful nipples, to protect the nipples while you heal.
Medela carries some that are designed to retain contact with the breast.
Cottonbabies carries both full and contact style shields.

For some information, see what Dr. Sears has to say about nipple shieldshere and this information from Kellymom.

If you have painful nipples, you can wear breast shells to keep your breasts from rubbing up against your bra (when you can't go braless and shirtless). These prevent chafing.

Ameda carries them, Medela has soft shells and thera shells, and Avent has theAvent ISIS, to name some of the more well known brands.
You can usually find these products at ToysRUs and Target, as well as your hospital LC store/center.

Dr. Sears has some info about using breast shells, as does Breastfeeding Essentials

Another good product for sore nipples are soothing gel pads such as
Playtex Baby
Ameda comfort gel pads
Medela Tender Care pads
Gerber warm and cool packs
Bust Buddies

You can find lots of different products at Mothercare.
Try Lactation Care and Lactation Connection for a variety of products as well.

There are also some excellent creams and ointments to help soothe and protect your nipples as your body adjusts to the demands of breastfeeding.
EarthMamaAngel has some all natural Nipple butter
Motherlove has organic cream.
Lansinoh, Avent and Medela brands are popular.

Some info about creams and ointments can be found at Breastfeed Essentials

Lactation Aids for Baby:

To help babies (especially preemies) adjust to the breast, avoid bottles and prevent nipple confusion, aids such as tubes, cups and feeders can help you feed your baby breastmilk until she is ready and/or able to properly breastfeed.

Here is a link to an article by Dr. Jack Newman.
Some information for supplemental nursing systems for adoptive mothers can be found here.

Find more help at Lact-aid.
Here is a good video from Dr.Jack Newman for using a tube.
You can find cups at Ameda.
Medela carries a selection of feeders.
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Postby blue-eden » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:18 am

Canadian Breastfeeding Resources

General Information
LLL Canada.

Dr. Jack Newman’s site.

Breastfeeding FAQ from the Canadian Pediatric Society.

Government websites, stats, and other Organizations

Know your rights!
Some information from INFACT about your rights to bf in Canada, how you are/are not protected, and how you can help.

Breastfeeding Committee of Canada’s statement on the importance of breastfeeding. Their homepage is here in English and French.

The Ontario Human Right’s Commission webpage about pg and bf rights and responsibilities. Info about the Campaign to make bfing a human right can be found here.
Manitoba Baby-Friendly Coordinating Committee BF Resources page.

Saint John Breastfeeding Alliance.

The 2004 Health Canada recommendation for ebf in the first six months of life. In pdf format from HealthCanada.
And some information about supplementing with Vitamin D.

UNICEF Canada.

Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation.

An excellent page from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System offers statistical information on the rate of breastfeeding in Canada.

Find more statistical info about Multicultural Aspects of Breastfeeding in Canada.

INFACT Canada homepage.

Are you breastfeeding multiples? Here is a great site for BF support from Multiple Births Canada.

** For continual breastfeeding information and news releases from the Breastfeeding Canada group, join here.



Find breastfeeding supplies at

Sweet Home Birth has a link to breastfeeding supplies, based out of BC. Also carries organics!

Bosom Babies.

Positively Breastfeeding.

Evymama is a bf boutique in Toronto.

Tickled Pink Designs has nursing necklaces and more.

BoobyBuddyBaby. Also delivers to the UK!

BabynMe has nursing wear, feeders, and natural products. Based in Chatham.

Parenting by Nature has all kinds of products, including cloth diapers.

A huge inventory at Birthing Stuff.
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Postby tinybud » Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:24 am

Ok, here we go. UK specific breastfeeding links! PM me if you have anything I should add :smile:

La Leche League are in the UK too! They run a helpline: 0845 120 2918
NHS breastfeeding info and helpine: 0844 2090920 (9.30am-9.30pm, free)
The NCT runs BFing courses in addition to its antenatal classes, they also provide BFing counselors and a helpline: 0870 4448708
Baby Friendly Initiative – how breastfeeding friendly is your hospital?
Baby Café run drop in breastfeeding groups in most areas
Breastfeeding Network also run local support groups and a helpline: 0844 412 4664 (9.30am – 9.30pm, 5p per minute)
Association of breastfeeding mothers and yet another helpine: 08444 122 949 (9.30am – 10.30pm)
Some useful info for all you ladies in Northern Ireland

BFing stories from real women

Nursing Bras

Hospital-grade pump hire from Medela UK

Find a private lactation consultant in the UK

Working / pumping and your rights under UK law
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Postby Artemnesia » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:33 pm

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Postby Brettys_Girl » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:30 am


For Australia: There's probably plenty more though. (sorry I don't know how to make a link from a heading)

La Leche League: Australia/New Zealand

Australian Breastfeeding Association:

Breastfeeding/pg counsel line & safe medication advice hotlines
NSW Mothersafe:
1800 647 848 (toll free)

QLD Queensland Drug Information Centre:
(07) 3636 7098

VIC Royal Women's Hospital:
(03) 9344 2277

STH Australia Women's and Children's Hospital:
(08) 8161 7222

WA Women's & Newborn Health Service
(08) 9340 2723

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Postby blue-eden » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:48 pm

There have been many key studies that attest to the superiority of breastmilk over artificial substitutes. These are just a few, and I encourage everyone to post when you find a LEGITIMATE study or article that can serve as an encouragement to our breastfeeding mothers, and mothers that are looking for information about the nutritive et al advantages of breastmilk.

Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries: ... brfout.pdf

Effects of Infant Feeding on Speech Quality: abstract ... t=Abstract

The Influence of Breastfeeding on the Development of the Oral Cavity:
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Postby Aimee25 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:26 pm

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Postby rleash » Wed May 06, 2009 9:27 am

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) - A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.
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Postby Ji » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:05 pm

The work of BFing, from LLL HK.

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Postby Eren » Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:04 am

Ji wrote:The work of BFing, from LLL HK.


Cool!! - although I like to think I`d score a 10/10 for effort - ha ha. :lol:
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Postby vixkat » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:17 am

today i was reading my book by jack newman and it finally dawned on me how to do breast compressions effectively!!! omg i had been reading it and not understanding: so i am going to write it as simply as i can and if you are struggling like i was it may help you

1. Put baby to breast - let-down happens
2. Watch baby drinking at the breast - suck/swallowing
3 When baby stops drinking and goes to flutter suck/nibbling put hand in a C-Shape and squeeze breast HOLD THE SQUEEZE and watch baby drinking DO NOT LET THE SQUEEZE GO UNTIL BABY STOPS DRINKING.
4. When baby stops let the breast go and baby may either start drinking again as milk which was behind the area you were compressing let down milk or baby will start flutter sucking/nibbling if this is the case compress breast again to see if you can get another let down. (Compression changes the pressure in the breast)
5. Continue this until no more letdowns occur and baby is not drinking/swallowing milk at the breast. SWITCH TO THE OTHER BREAST.

I hope this makes sense and is put in easy terms to understand, i have read so many books in my 6months breast feeding and not one book put it in simple terms...

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Postby Debs307 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:51 pm

The website is for moms who have had breast or nipple surgeries and wish to breastfeed. There is also a book called Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Reduction by Diana West. As a soon-to-be mom who had a reduction 8 years ago, I've found these to be very informative!
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