Breastfeeding Basics

Take the guesswork out of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding may seem challenging, especially if you are a new mother. But the benefits of health and bonding far outweigh the challenges. With the right information and support, a little patience and a lot of love, Texas Children's believes women can meet their breastfeeding goals. And our team of experienced physician and nursing staff, educators and lactation consultants are here to help with guidance, accurate and reliable information and support.

Getting the right information at the right time

To make sure you have the information you need, we have designed 3 cost-free classes to meet your needs.

The First Days of Breastfeeding – this class, led by a patient educator and offered up to 6 times per week,  focuses on the first few weeks of breastfeeding and the importance of the father’s support
The Daily Inpatient class – this daily class, led by a lactation consultant, and attended by mothers and their babies, is designed to help mothers during their maternity hospital stay overcome the common challenges and learn about ongoing resources for support after discharge
BreastFeeding Friends (BFF) – This weekly discussion group, led by a lactation consultant, brings mothers along with their babies together to explore breastfeeding successes and struggles.

Before your baby is born

Before your baby is even born, here are a few things you can do to help prepare yourself for breastfeeding:

  • Read books and magazines about breastfeeding.
  • Visit websites related to breastfeeding.
  • Locate and possibly meet with a lactation consultant. They are specially trained in supporting breastfeeding mothers and helping them work out any challenges.
  • Choose an OB/GYN and pediatrician who are breastfeeding-friendly.
  • Take a class or join a mothers' group.
  • Get things organized at home.

Once your baby arrives

Read about the basics on breastfeeding for more information once your baby arrives.

First weeks of breastfeeding