Breastfeeding Resources

Breastfeeding offers many benefits to you and your baby. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Studies have shown breastfed babies have a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); enjoy more protection from infection and illness; and face less of a chance of being obese. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months after birth.

Below are some resources that can help new breastfeeding mothers:

Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding Apps
Breastfeeding Basics
Breastfeeding Challenges
Breastfeeding and Health Insurance
Breastfeeding Legislation
Positioning
Pumping

Breastfeeding Support
Carroll Hospital hosts a free weekly breastfeeding support group each Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the hospital; call 410-871-7024 for location. The group provides encouragement and mother-to-mother breastfeeding support as well as current, accurate and ongoing breastfeeding information. No registration is required; walk-ins are welcome. An evening breastfeeding support group takes place on the third Thursday evening of each month. No support groups take place on holidays. Call 410-871-7024 or 410-871-7000 for more information.

Call the hospital's lactation consultants 410-871-7024 if you have questions about breastfeeding.

The hospital also offers breastfeeding classes on a regular basis. To register, call 410-871-7000 or register online.

The Maryland WIC Program, a supplemental nutrition program for women, infant and children under age 5, promotes and supports breastfeeding, including individual breastfeeding education and support services. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Breastfeeding Apps
Carroll Hospital's lactation consultants recommend several apps to use with breastfeeding: MyMedela, text4baby, Glow Baby, Baby Pro and The Wonder Weeks.

Breastfeeding Basics
The American Academy of Pediatrics hosts a frequently asked questions page about commonly asked breastfeeding questions.

Ameda features a video about the basics of breastfeeding

The FirstLatch.net website has a series of free online breastfeeding classes taught by a lactation consultant.

Lactation Education Resources features a variety of helpful documents related to breastfeeding available for download in several languages. 

LactMed is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant.

The Stanford School of Medicine has a wealth of information about breastfeeding, including videos on latching, hand expressing milk and maximizing milk production.

In the breastfeeding section of womenshealth.gov (overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), visitors can download a free guide about breastfeeding. The information is available in English and Spanish.

Breastfeeding Challenges
Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, has information about breastfeeding challenges, including nipple soreness, engorgement, plugged milk ducts, breast infections, thrush and more.

Breastfeeding and Health Insurance
Learn more about Breastfeeding Benefits made available by the Affordable Care Act. Please call your insurance company around 30 weeks gestation to see what your health insurance plan offers when it comes to breast pumps, and obtain any needed paperwork from your obstetrician.

Breastfeeding Legislation
The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition features state and federal legislation regarding breastfeeding.

The U.S. Department of Labor outlines break time requirements for nursing mothers.

Positioning
La Leche League International’s website shows varying positions for breastfeeding.

Pumping
A video from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia discusses pumping breast milk.

Medela features information on breastfeeding, pumping and other tips.