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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 Breastfeeding Rights

Know your rights to breastfeed in public and at work.

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Bringing baby home.

Bringing Baby Home

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

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How much milk does your baby need

How Much Milk Your Baby Needs

See how small a newborn’s tummy is and learn how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk.

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Baby's hunger cues.

Baby's Hunger Cues

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

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Nutrition While Breastfeeding

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

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5 Breastfeeding Holds to Try

5 Breastfeeding Holds to Try

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

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Steps and Signs of a Good Latch

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

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Get Support from WIC

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

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Taking Care of You

Find tips for taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.

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Cluster feeding and growth spurt

Cluster Feeding and Growth Spurts

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

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Breastfeeding with Confidence

Breastfeeding with Confidence

How to respond to others about your feeding choices.

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Plugged Ducts, Mastitis, and Thrush

There is help for plugged ducts and breast infections.

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Engorgement

Engorgement

Learn what engorgement is—and how to treat it.

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Low Milk Supply

Low Milk Supply

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

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Help for Sore Nipples

Help for Sore Nipples

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

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Why Baby May Suddenly Refuse the Breast

Why Baby May Suddenly Refuse the Breast

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

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Breast and Nipple Size and Shape

Breast and Nipple Size and Shape

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

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When Breastfeeding Isn't Working

When Breastfeeding Isn't Working

Remember, help is available and there are solutions

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Ways Your Friends and Family Can Help You

Ways Your Friends and Family Can Help You

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

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How Much Milk Will I Express?

How Much Milk Will I Express?

Most moms make just the right amount for their baby.

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Combination Feeding and Maintaining Milk Supply

Combination Feeding and Maintaining Milk Supply

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

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Weaning Your Baby

Weaning Your Baby

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

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Breastfeeding Your Teething Baby

Breastfeeding Your Teething Baby

Find tips to help you nurse your teething baby.

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Using Bottles with a Breastfed Baby

Using Bottles with a Breastfed Baby

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

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Finding a Breast Pump

Finding a Breast Pump

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

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Learning to Pump and Hand Express Milk

Learning to Pump and Hand Express Milk

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

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Storing and Thawing Breast Milk

Storing and Thawing Breast Milk

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

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Making Milk Expression Work for You

Making Milk Expression Work for You

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

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Breastfeeding and Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking

Breastfeeding and Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking

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

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Video: Latches and Holds

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

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Video: Overcoming Pain

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

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Video: Breastfeeding in Public

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

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Video: Milk Supply

Real moms share how they overcame milk supply concerns.

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Video: Moms Emotional Wellbeing

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

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