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Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can give your baby.

Every mom and baby is different, and your breastfeeding journey will be unique. While you'll be learning throughout your journey, the more you learn before your baby's birth, the better prepared you'll be. This section explains the benefits of breastfeeding, then helps you get ready to try it.

Having support along the way can help make breastfeeding easier. Before your baby arrives, set breastfeeding goals. Talk to loved ones about how they can support you, and reach out to WIC—they can all help you on your journey.

Learning about breastfeeding is the first step.

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Breastfeeding gives your baby the nutrition they need from the very first moments. But you may have lots of questions about it. That's okay! WIC is here to help every step of the way.

Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding gives babies a healthy start—and is good for moms, too.

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Breastfeeding basics

Breastfeeding Basics

Learn how milk is made, when to nurse, how long babies nurse, and more.

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Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Breastfeeding challenges are common, but knowing what to expect and when to get help can help you overcome them.

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Breastfeeding supplies

Breastfeeding Supplies

You don’t need any fancy equipment, but some things can make breastfeeding easier.

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Set yourself up for breastfeeding success starting on day one.

Planning for Your Delivery

Set yourself up for breastfeeding success starting on day one.

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Letter to your future self

Letter to Your Future Self

Breastfeeding can be challenging. Write a letter to your future self to help you recommit on the hard days.

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Talk to Your Family about Breastfeeding

Talk to Your Family about Breastfeeding

Talk about why you choose to breastfeed, and ask for your family’s support.

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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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How breast milk is made.

How Breast Milk is Made

The human body is amazing. Find out how your breasts make milk for your baby.

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Setting your breastfeeding goals.

Setting Your Breastfeeding Goals

Set your short- and long-term goals for breastfeeding before baby arrives.

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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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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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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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What's in Your WIC Food Package

What's in Your WIC Food Package

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

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Talking to Your Employer About Pumping at Work

Talk to Your Employer About Pumping at Work

Get tips for talking with your employer about pumping at work

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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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Pumping and Hand Expression Basics

Pumping and Hand Expression Basics

New to milk expression? Here’s what you need to know before you get started.

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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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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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Explore the Stages of Breastfeeding