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Breastfeeding your baby, like any new skill, may take some time and practice. We can help you feel like you've got this!

You may be experiencing a lot of "firsts." Find out what you need to know, from delivery to the first few days at home. Get tips on how to position your baby for breastfeeding and how to get a good latch. Learn how to tell when your baby is hungry and how much milk baby needs. We also have resources that help you take care of your baby and yourself.

WIC can help answer your questions, offer support, and make your breastfeeding journey easier.

Get support as you start breastfeeding!

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

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

Baby is on the way! Here’s what to expect when you’re in the hospital.

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

Learn about the 3 phases of breast milk and why each is good for your baby.

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

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

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

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.

Use the clutch hold to breastfeed your baby.

Use the cross-cradle hold to breastfeed your baby.

Use the cradle hold to breastfeed your baby.

Use the laid-back hold to breastfeed your baby.

Use the side-lying position to breastfeed your baby.

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 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 about the ways your friends and family can support you.

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.

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

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

Set yourself up for success while traveling and breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding During Disasters

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The first few days with your new baby are exciting, but they also can be overwhelming.

Explore the Stages of Breastfeeding