Breastfeeding Links

Getting Started with Breastfeeding

How to Help Babies Stay Exclusively Breastfeeding in the First Days of Life

We are seeing problems in early days in the hospital with babies ‘needing’ formula because they all seem to have low blood sugar and the mothers have low milk supply.  Make sure you know hand expression techniques to be able to give your colostrum if baby is not nursing well enough.

Hand Expression

What did mother's do before breastpumps?  What can a mother do if she is engorged?  How can a mother who has to pump for her premature or sick baby increase her milk supply? 

Hand expression!  This is the lost art that ALL women used to know and learn from watching their mothers and female friends from childhood.  Click on this link and watch the 7 minute video from Stanford University about how to do this.  Hand expression is a very useful tool for all mothers to know.

Another excellent 4 minute video to learn the ancient art of hand expression which includes subtitles in Spanish.

Five Things Every Man Needs to know about Breasts

Ask an Expert: How to Deal with Fast Milk Flow

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Many times new moms will ask if it’s OK to breastfeed when they are sick. Since germs are passed through mucus and spit, people tend to think they will be passed by breast milk as well. However, the body is fascinating in that breastfeeding mothers actually protect their babies—not infect them—by breastfeeding when they are ill.

In-hospital formula use deters breastfeeding

Baby Explains Newborn Behavior

Click here for a letter from your baby explaining newborn behavior

Click here for 14 Ways for Dads to be engaged with their breastfed babies: Does Dad have to give a bottle to bond? 

Rethink Swaddling:  Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple

Breast Feeding, Taking Turns And Primitive Conversation

Sexuality and Breastfeeding - Just because you are breastfeeding does not mean you are celibate.  You can click on this link and list to an audio by  Emma Pickett, IBCLC.

"I've hired a doula.  Do I really need a lactation consultant?" - Click here to read Marsha Walker's article

Dad's 24-Hr Cribside Assistance Website - a site for Dads by Dads!

10 Ways to Stop Caregivers from Overfeeding Your Breastfed Baby

Breastfeeding Myths Busted in Surgeon General's "It's Only Natural" campaign:


Special Circumstances/Situations

Having surgery while breastfeeding? Here are our tips to help you prepare.

Having surgery is scary enough without worries about your breastfeeding relationship. Here are a few tips and ideas we can share to help you prepare.

Breastfeeding Matters During an Emergency--facts you need to know about power outages, etc.

Alcohol and Breastfeeding  --Here are the facts.  How long after having an alcoholic drink should you wait before breastfeeding?  Should you 'pump and dump'? How much alcohol transfers to your milk?

Beware of Holiday Weaning

Center for Disease Control statement about breastfeeding during Swine Flu:

Problems with low milk supply?  IGT can be a possible cause.  Most women have breasts that function normally, grow appropriately during pregnancy and make plenty of milk. However some women have difficulties producing enough breastmilk for their babies.  One of the possible problems is "Insufficient Glandular Tissue" or "IGT" which is a problem with the normal development of the milk glands.  This excellent article describes the problem and shows pictures of women's breasts who have had this problem.

Hiding in Plain Sight, Postpartum Depression -

Low Milk Supply: The cause determines the course -

Tongue and Lip Ties: Root causes or red herrings?

Alternative feeding methods when a baby needs supplementation

Breastfeeding Resources and Organizations

Virginia Department of Health

Have you seen the wonderful ads on TV from the Virginia Department of Health about Breastfeeding? Click on the website below and see them right on your computer.

La Leche League

La Leche League helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information, and encouragement and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

La Leche League International Website:

Attend the La Leche League meetings in Lynchburg!


Best Start carries Medela breastpumps, both those for sale and the medical grade pumps for rent. Visit their website at:

KellyMom Breastfeeding and Parenting

A wonderful breastfeeding and parenting website!

The lactation cookies full of galactogogues --healthy foods that increase breast milk productions -- and they are delicious! The come in two delicious flavors. Come to Best Start to stock up. They freeze well too!

Click Here to go to the Milkin' Cookies Website!  :  Everything for the new mom

American Academy of Pediatrics - Revised Breastfeeding Recommendations:  The AAP has always been a strong advocate of breastfeeding as the optimal form of nutrition for infants. The revised AAP recommendations reflect new research on the importance of breastfeeding.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine:

United States Breastfeeding Committee:


Back to Work and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Tips for Working Mothers

For working Moms: What does the new Health Care Law say about breaks for Mothers to express their milk.  Which employers must comply and what does the law actually cover?  Read this interesting article by  Kori Martin, JD, LLLL 

10 Ways to Stop Caregivers from Overfeeding Your Breastfed Baby


Formula feeding part-time to full-time?

Overview - These Infant Formula web pages contain information about infant formula that may be helpful to industry, consumers, government agencies, and other interested parties. They include the following:

  • information about FDA's regulation of commercial infant formulas,

  • commonly asked questions about infant formulas,

  • links to other relevant resources, and

  • how to report problems.

Handout: For the caregiver of a breastfed baby


Donating Breastmilk: Breastmilk Banks

Ever wonder how a breastmilk bank works?

Mothers’ Milk Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit  tissue bank providing safe and processed breast milk for babies and others who are under the care of a health care professional. This organization, known as the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank, was established in 1974 in San Jose, California to collect  excess breast milk from volunteer breastfeeding mothers , store the breast milk for optimal nutritional value, process the breast milk to remove viruses and bacteria that may cause illness and distribute donor human milk to hospitals and families. As a charter member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), our standards of processing  donated breast milk is the basis of operation for milk banking organizations. Mothers’ Milk Bank is  licensed as a Tissue Bank in California and Maryland and registered with the FDA.

Milk bank helps babies and mothers in need

Donor Milk in the NICU

News and Research

Study: Breastfeeding Moms get Just as much (or Little) Rest as Formula Feeders.

Breastmilk is Brainfood -

Positive Effects of Breastfeeding on Cholera in Haiti

Breastmilk Kills Cancer Cells!

NEW! Study:  Breastmilk Contains Stem Cells

NEW! UWA discovers ‘ethical’ embryonic-like stem cells in breast milk

Mayor Bloomberg supports breastfeeding -

Breastfeeding while glamorous!  See what you think of these pictures.


Press release from UNICEF
Poor feeding for children under two leads to nearly one-fifth of child deaths

Obstacles To Breastfeeding Success Tackled By New Public Health Goals

Giving Thanks: Jenna Elfman Donates Breastmilk to Save Sick Baby, Beats Breastfeeding Booby Traps™

25 Children’s Books That Depict Breastfeeding

Booby Traps Series: Most nursing in public laws have no teeth

Breastfeeding Medicine: Nestle, AAP Partnership half-baked

Breast milk bank serves Cook Children’s

Milk bank helps babies and mothers in need

25 Historical Images That Normalize Breastfeeding

Penelope Cruz Addicted to Breastfeeding Because It's THAT Good

55 Illnesses that breastfeeding helps prevent or minimize

"Breastmilk" the documentary:

JHL Research: Impact of Maternity Leave On Breastfeeding Outcomes

Mayim Bialik Opens Up About Her Breastfeeding Challenges and Becoming a Lactation Educator - See more at: