Web links: Breastfeeding info

April 1, 2007

Breastfeeding's benefits easily outweigh the costs. So why do pediatricians (and obstetricians) always seem to be fighting an uphill battle with it? As with smoking cessation, breastfeeding is always worth the extra minutes of advocacy.

Key Points

Breastfeeding's benefits easily outweigh the costs. It's healthy, it's economical, it's natural, it bonds mother and child, it can help other children, and it helps new mothers lose the pregnancy pounds. So why do pediatricians (and obstetricians) always seem to be fighting an uphill battle with it? It's often difficult and painful for the first few days. It can be messy. It's inconvenient for working mothers. But ask the parents of a breastfed child how many ear infections he or she got, or how many colds, or how much they spend on formula a month. As with smoking cessation, breastfeeding is always worth the extra minutes of advocacy.

AAP's Breastfeeding page: http://www.aap.org/breastfeeding/
A definitive page

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: http://www.bfmed.org/
ABM is a worldwide organization of physicians promoting breastfeeding.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: http://www.unicef.org/programme/breastfeeding/baby.htm
From UNICEF and the WHO.

Breastfeed for All: http://www.breastfeedforall.org/
A support and advocacy site funded by an antitrust class action, run by the California Women, Infants and Children Association.

Breastfeeding.com: http://www.breastfeeding.com/ A mother's resource for information and support on how to breastfeed.

Breast pump and equipment manufacturers: Medela: http://www.medela.com/Ameda: http://www.ameda.com/Evenflo: http://www.evenflo.com/Avent: http://www.avent.com/The First Years: http://www.learningcurve.com/thefirstyears/

CDC's Breastfeeding page: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/
Includes a Department of Health and Human Services breastfeeding hotline, breastfeeding statistics, and more.

Extended Breastfeeding: http://www.babycenter.com/toddler/toddlerbreastfeed/index
BabyCenter's balanced forum on breastfeeding after the first year.

4Women.gov http://www.4women.gov/
DHHS's National Women's Health Information Center, online.

Human Milk Banking Association of North America: http://www.hmbana.org/
A membership association for milk banks.

Got Breast Pump! http://www.gotbreastpump.com/
An organization that helps nursing mothers donate breast milk to sick infants.