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January 2017


How is breastmilk made?

Breasts often become fuller and tender during pregnancy. This is a sign that the alveoli are getting ready to work. Some women do not feel these changes in their breasts. Other women may sense these changes after their baby is born. The alveoli make milk in response to the hormone prolactin (proh-LAK-tin). Prolactin rises when the baby suckles. Another hormone, oxytocin (oks-ee-TOH-suhn), also rises

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Making breastmilk

Your breasts make milk in response to your baby’s suckling. The more your baby nurses, the more milk your breasts will make. Knowing how your breasts make milk can help you understand the breastfeeding process. The breast is made up of several parts, including: How is breastmilk made? How do I know if I will make enough breastmilk? What if my breastmilk supply goes

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What are breastmilk donor banks?

Breastmilk banks supply fresh breastmilk. You may choose to use banked milk if you: Do not make enough milk to satisfy the needs of your baby Have a certain illness that makes you unable to breastfeed Take medicine that prevents you from breastfeeding your baby Some mothers give their milk directly to parents of babies in need. This is called “casual sharing.” But this

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What federal programs are available to help with breastfeeding?

WIC program The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (commonly called WIC) offers food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services for low-income women, infants, and children. Breastfeeding mothers supported by WIC may receive peer counselor support, an enhanced food package, breast pumps, and other supplies. Breastfeeding mothers can also participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding

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