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Common Questions and Challenges

All new moms have questions about breastfeeding, and most moms have challenges at some time. Whether you need advice on feeding your baby, getting support from your family, or finding motivation to keep going, WIC is here to help.

What if baby suddenly stops breastfeeding—or breastfeeds all the time? What if your nipples hurt? What should you do if your breasts become engorged?

We've got answers to your breastfeeding questions and challenges. Taking it hour-by-hour, day-by-day, and week-by-week helps, too. Talk with your local WIC breastfeeding staff if you are struggling with a breastfeeding challenge. They are ready to support you.

Breastfeeding is a journey, with ups and downs and feelings of accomplishment and frustration. WIC is there to help every step of the way.

Find solutions for common breastfeeding challenges below!

Know your rights to breastfeed in public and at work.

Your baby is here! See what to expect your first few days at home.

Learn how to tell when your baby is hungry—or full.

A nutritious, balanced diet helps you stay energetic and make plenty of milk for your baby.

Try these ways to hold your baby, and figure out what works best for you.

These tips help you get a good latch—and know if you have one.

Whether you’re just starting out or having challenges, WIC is there for you at every step.

Find tips for taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.

Learn about cluster feeding and what to expect during baby’s growth spurts.

How to respond to others about your feeding choices.

There is help for plugged ducts and breast infections.

Learn what engorgement is—and how to treat it.

Many moms worry about low milk supply, even though most make exactly what baby needs.

If your nipples are sensitive or tender, try these solutions.

Learn why babies stop nursing—and how to get your baby breastfeeding again.

You can breastfeed no matter what the size and shape of your breast and nipple.

Remember, help is available and there are solutions

Learn about the ways your friends and family can support you.

What is combination feeding, how to use it, and how to keep making milk.

Knowing when and how to wean baby can be confusing. Learn how you can make the process a positive one.

Find tips to help you nurse your teething baby.

Planning to be apart from baby? Find tips for feeding baby with expressed milk.

Here are options for finding a breast pump at low cost.

It may take practice, but soon you’ll be a pro at pumping and hand expression.

To make being away from your baby easier, learn how to store and thaw breast milk—safely.

Get tips and see how pumping can help solve your breastfeeding challenges.

Limit or avoid smoking, most drugs, and alcohol for baby’s health and yours.

Real moms share their experience getting a good latch and finding the right hold.

Real moms share their experience with pain and how they found relief.

Real moms share what it's like breastfeeding in public.

Real moms share how they overcame milk supply concerns.

Real moms share advice on taking care of yourself—and how WIC helped.

Set yourself up for success while traveling and breastfeeding.

You know that breastfeeding has benefits for baby (and mom!) so try this quiz to see how much you know!

Check out this Setting Breastfeeding Goals quiz and celebrate you and your baby accomplishing your breastfeeding goals!

Aprenda a saber cuándo su bebé tiene hambre o está lleno.

Aprenda sobre la alimentación en racimos y lo que puede esperar durante el crecimiento acelerado del bebé.

Existe ayuda para los conductos obstruidos y las infecciones de los senos.

Estos consejos le ayudan a obtener un buen agarre de la boca del bebé en el área del pezón de la mamá y saber si lo obtuvo.

Aprenda qué es la congestión mamaria y cómo tratarla.

Para que sea más fácil estar lejos de su bebé, aprenda a almacenar y descongelar la leche materna de forma segura.

Aprenda por qué los bebés dejan de amamantar y cómo hacer que su bebé vuelva a amamantar.

Muchas mamás se preocupan por la poca leche que producen, aunque la mayoría produce exactamente lo que el bebé necesita.

What’s in your food package depends on whether you’re breastfeeding and your baby’s age.