About Breastfeeding

Why Breastfeed? - Not sure how you want to feed your baby?  Breastfeeding is the normal, natural way for you to nourish your child.   Breastfeeding your baby will protect her from ear infections, respiratory illness, diabetes, food allergies, and childhood obesity.  Find out more about why breastfeeding is the best choice for you.

Risks of Not Breastfeeding - Did you know that babies who aren’t breastfed are at a higher risk for many illnesses—including ear infections, diabetes, food allergies, eczema, and SIDS.  Babies who drink artificial baby milk are also at higher risk for lower cognitive development and childhood obesity.  Women who don’t breastfeed are at a higher risk for osteoporosis, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.  Find out more about the risks of not breastfeeding.

How to Breastfeed - Not sure how to breastfeed?  There are many ways to learn about breastfeeding—including attending classes, reading books, watching videos, and learning about breastfeeding from other moms.  Click here for some tips about how to breastfeed.

Educational Materials - Information for mothers, fathers, families, health professionals, and anyone who desires to further their knowledge on breastfeeding.

Fathers and Family - Some fathers may think that breastfeeding will prevent them from forming a close relationship with their baby, but in reality breastfeeding can create close bonds with all members of a family.  Moms need support—particularly from their partners.

Teens - Many young women have concerns and questions about how they should feed their baby and whether they should breastfeed. This is a personal decision that only you can make, but before making it, it is important to get information about what will work for you.  Click here to get answers to your questions and see why breastfeeding is right for you.

Work and School - Are you a breastfeeding mom and returning to work and school?   By continuing to breastfeed, your baby will have less sick days and help you be more productive.  Many employers and schools will provide a place for you to pump your milk for your baby. UBC can help if they need information about how to set up a pumping room (contact worksite@utahbreastfeeding.org).  Learn more about Breastfeeding Environments and what Healthcare Professionals can do.

Breastfeeding Resource Guide for Professionals

Breastfeeding Resource Guide for Parents

Need a Lactation Consultant - Are you looking for some one-on-one help with breastfeeding?  The International Lactation Consultant’s Association (ILCA) has a website that can help—simply enter your zip code, and you’ll get a list of certified lactation consultants in your area.