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Many moms face challenges with breastfeeding. But with time, practice, and help from loved ones and WIC, you will get the hang of it.

You may struggle with breastfeeding at one time or another. You might be tired or sore. You might worry about growth spurts or whether you are making too much or too little milk. Maybe you don't know how you'll keep breastfeeding when it's time to go back to work.

Moms have found ways to power through these challenges and continue on their breastfeeding journey. In this section, learn about common breastfeeding concerns. Get tips for overcoming them, and find out when to see a doctor or talk to WIC.

You are not alone. WIC can help you overcome common breastfeeding challenges.

Get the help you need to thrive!

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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Setting your breastfeeding goals.

Setting Your Breastfeeding Goals

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Expression and Pumping

Real moms share how milk expression and pumping helped make breastfeeding easier.

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Video: Going Back to Work or School

Real moms share their experience returning to work and school.

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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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Overcome

Breastfeeding is wonderful, but it may not always be easy. Don't worry. When there are bumps in the road, we can help you through them.

Explore the Stages of Breastfeeding