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Introduction to Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the exclusive source of nutrition for feeding young infants for the first six months of life. Data suggest that not only are there psychological benefits from its use, but nutritional, gastrointestinal, and host defense benefits as well. Some women are unable or unwilling to breastfeed and there is nothing wrong with that. However, a woman who desires to breastfeed should know how to access all of the resources available that can help support her efforts.

If you are new to breastfeeding, start with the sites below, or visit our sister site, MommyMeds. You will find basic information, tips, product reviews, troubleshooting help, and support forums.

[Women's Health]

[Surgeon General]

[La Leche League]

[Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine]


Here at the InfantRisk center, we are committed to supporting breastfeeding by providing up-to-date, evidence-based information. We are especially focused on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Our goal is to provide accurate information regarding the risks of exposure to mothers and their babies. We are continually posting articles on breastfeeding and obstetric science on this website. If you have a question about breastfeeding while on specific medications, search this website, our old forum posts, and our iphone app (InfantRisk for healthcare providers, MommyMeds for moms). If you do not find what you need, you can post a question in the forum or call us at (806) 352-2519 between 8-5 central standard time, Monday-Friday.