Extensive, effective, practical, evidence-based breastfeeding suggestions

What we offer

This website aims to help you: 

  • Understand your baby.
  • Breastfeed with confidence.
  • Solve your breastfeeding challenges.
  • Make informed decisions.
  • Know when to seek help from a health-care provider.

Breastfeeding FAQs has answers to 600 frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about breastfeeding and babies. The content of this website is based on the latest research and we have provided extensive medical references.

Information can be easily accessed through:

Breastfeeding FAQs is user-friendly with:

  • Quick-read summaries for each FAQ
  • An easy-to-read format
  • Easy-to-understand explanations and directions
  • Roughly 250 audiovisual aids 

The approach Breastfeeding FAQs uses to organize and present the content is based on the experience of Dr. Marie Wallace-Gross, a Canadian family physician and breastfeeding specialist. 

Breastfeeding FAQs does not allow advertising and we hold ourselves to high ethical and environmental standards.

A) How we can help

1) Understand your baby 

Babies communicate when they are hungry, in pain, scared, or sick by their behaviour and understanding it is critical to being able to breastfeed and to settling your baby. Breastfeeding FAQs has extensive information on these topics.

2) Breastfeed with confidence

Many mothers worry that they do not have enough breast milk. Breastfeeding FAQs provides clear guidelines to assess your baby’s milk intake and growth and prevent problems.

3) Solve your breastfeeding challenges

Many breastfeeding challenges can be solved with a correct diagnosis and a valid approach. Breastfeeding FAQs provides detailed information to help you understand and solve problems and engage in an informed discussion with your health-care providers. 

4) Know when to seek help from a health-care provider

While most mothers and babies are healthy, others develop problems that can benefit from the support of health-care providers. We provide information on what is normal and when to seek care. This ensures that families receive help when they need it and spares them from unnecessary visits to providers.

5) Make informed decisions

As much as possible, we present both advantages and risks of each approach. Talking about risks can sound scary but without knowing these, families cannot make an informed decision.

B) Extensive information

Breastfeeding FAQs has answers to 600 FAQs about infant feeding and babies, all conveniently organized into seven main sections in our knowledge centre:

  1. Normal breastfeeding
  2. Normal babies
  3. Underfed babies and low milk supply
  4. Nipple and breast problems
  5. Illness in mothers or babies
  6. Pumping, expressing, and mother-baby separation
  7. Support and weaning

C) Describing a frequently-asked question (FAQ)

The backbone of our breastfeeding information is made of 600 FAQs about breastfeeding and babies. 

1) Parts of a FAQ

Each FAQ has five parts:

  1. A topic
  2. A common question
  3. A quick-read summary
  4. An in-depth explanation
  5. Scientific references

E) The use of scientific studies

The information we provide is extensively referenced with over 3,000 up-to-date studies should you wish to learn more about the supporting research. Health-care providers will also find this helpful.

Most studies will provide a free one paragraph summary (abstract). These can be viewed on the publishers' website or on the website of a search engine such as Pubmed or Science Direct. The quickest way to access abstracts is to copy and paste the title of the study into your browser. 

Some publishers will now allow you to read entire studies for free but access to most must be purchased. Universities and colleges will have institutional access to large numbers of studies for their students and staff. Some provide free terminals in their libraries for the general public.

We have not provided external hyperlinks to studies because they are frequently unreliable and would take a lot of time to keep current. We would rather spend time reviewing new research and expanding our content.

F) Easy access to information

Our information is easy to access. 

If you want an overview of a breastfeeding concern, our knowledge centre lets you see all of our content, organized into seven main topics. Answers to your specific questions can be easily and quickly accessed through drop-down menus.

Each of our 600 FAQs has extensive hyperlinks to related FAQs, allowing you to customize your learning journey. 

If you are not sure about the nature of your concern, our quick assessment tool, which consists of seven decision trees, can help you quickly navigate to the right information. They are:

  1. Is my baby getting enough milk?
  2. Why is my baby crying?
  3. Why is my baby growing poorly?
  4. How can I help my baby latch onto my breast?
  5. How do I increase my milk supply?
  6. Why do my nipples hurt?
  7. Why do I have breast pain?

G) User-friendly format

1) User-friendly

Breastfeeding FAQs has many user-friendly features, including:

  • Quick-read summaries for each FAQ
  • Easy-to-read format with:
    • Extensive use of bulleted lists
    • Short, clear paragraphs
  • Easy-to-understand directions
  • Clear explanations of complicated terms
  • 250 Audiovisual aids including:
    • Photographs and videos of normal and abnormal situations
    • Examples of normal and abnormal growth charts
    • Illustrations of complex information

2) Measurements in both metric and U.S. customary units

Around the world, different systems are used to measure and weigh items. The two most common systems are metric and U.S. customary, and we present information using both.

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