Breastfeeding

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Healthy Benefits for Mom and Baby

Virtua, along with many leading health organizations, recommends that infants breastfeed for at least 12 months, with exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. 


This means that babies are not given any foods or liquids other than breast milk for the first 6 months. The information below is provided to help you successfully breastfeed your baby.

Why Breastfeeding is Important

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Breastfeeding Basics & Beyond

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Getting Started

Breastfeeding is a process that takes time to master. Babies and mothers need to practice.

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How It Works

Your body will go through several changes as you breastfeed. Learn what the changes are and how to deal with them for a pleasant breastfeeding experience.

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Common Challenges

Breastfeeding can be challenging at times, especially in the early days. But it is important to remember that you are not alone.

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Making it Work

Breastfeeding is an important decision for your baby and you. Discover what works best to make it a pleasant experience for both of you.

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Pumping and Milk Storage

Follow these practical tips on choosing a breast pump, storing milk, returning to work while breastfeeding and more.

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Breastfeeding Common Questions

Discover answers to some frequently asked questions about breastfeeding and parenting for new and veteran moms.

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Nutrition and Fitness While Breastfeeding

Learn what you should eat and how much exercise you should do while breastfeeding. 

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Breastfeeding Log

Log your child's progress until you feel confident that your baby is getting enough milk and gaining an appropriate amount of weight.
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Your Guide to Successful Breastfeeding

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