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Alphabetical FAQ Subject Index

Notes about our FAQs.

(The date in parentheses after each FAQ is the date last modified.)

Adoption: Can I Breastfeed My Adopted Baby? (Oct 9, '08)
Alcohol: What about Drinking Alcohol and Breastfeeding? (Mar 11, '08)
Allergies: My Family Has Food Allergies. How Does This Affect Breastfeeding? (Nov. 12, '08)
Are there any foods I should avoid while breastfeeding?
(Nov. 29, '08)
Benefits: Can Breastfeeding Prevent Illnesses?(May 22, '06)
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding My Baby?(May 22, '06)
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding a Toddler? (May 22, '06)
Biting: Do I Need to Stop Breastfeeding When My Baby Gets Teeth? (Nov. 14, '07)
What Should I Do if My Baby Bites Me? (July 27, '05)
Blood Donation: Can a Lactating Woman Donate Blood? (Jun. 26, '09)
Bottles: See Supplementation
Breast Function: Are My Breasts Functioning Normally?(May 23, '06)
Breast Problems: How Can I Deal with My Leaking Breasts? (May 30, '06)
It Hurts when My Milk "Lets Down." What Could Be Causing This and How Can I Remedy This Situation? What If My Pain Is Deep in My Breast? (Nov. 12, '08)
My Breast Hurts. What Can I Do? (June 21, '04)
Breastfeeding, Discreet: See Discreet Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding, Duration: How Long Should I Breastfeed my Baby? (Sep. 19, '05)
Breastfeeding, Frequency: How Often Should I Nurse My Baby?(May 31, '06)
Will I Spoil My Baby by Holding/Nursing Him So Often? (July 27, '05)
Why Does My Baby Suddenly Want to Breastfeed Constantly? (Aug. 31, '04)
Breastfeeding Support: If Breastfeeding Is So Natural, Why Doesn't It Seem to Come Naturally? (the value of breastfeeding support) (May 22, '06)
Caffeine: What Effect Does the Mother's Consumption of Caffeine Have on the Breastfeeding Infant? (Oct. 14, '03)
Cesarean: Is It Possible to Breastfeed after a Cesarean Birth? (May 31, '06)
Children, Older: How Can I Care for My Other Child(ren) while Breastfeeding My Infant? (Nov. 12, '08)
Is It Possible to Breastfeed Both a Baby and a Toddler? (Oct. 16, '03)
Color of Milk: What's Making My Milk That Strange Color? (Oct. 11, '04)
Colostrum: What Is Colostrum? How Does It Benefit My Baby? (May 11, '06)
Common Questions: Quick Answers to the Most Common Questions (Oct. 18, '06)
Constipation: Is My Breastfed Baby Constipated? Does He Need a Laxative? (Nov. 12, '08)
Contaminants: Contaminants Have Been Found in Human milk. Should I Wean my Baby? (Nov. 14, '03)
Cosleeping: Should I Sleep with My Baby? (July 15, '04)
Criticism: How Do I Respond to and Avoid Criticism About Breastfeeding? (Nov. 12, '08)
Diet:

How Can I Lose Weight Safely while Breastfeeding? (Oct. 15, '03)
Is a Low Carbohydrate Diet Safe for a Breastfeeding Mother? (Mar. 15, 00)
Are there any foods I should avoid while breastfeeding? (Nov. 29, '08)
What Effect Does the Mother's Consumption of Caffeine Have on the Breastfeeding Infant? (Oct. 14, '03)

Disabilities: My New Baby Was Born with a Disability. Can I Still Breastfeed? (Nov. 14, '03)
Discreet Breastfeeding: Can You Give Me Some Tips for Discreet Breastfeeding? (Nov. 12, '08)
Donating Milk: I Am Breastfeeding My Baby and Have an Abundant Supply. I'd like to donate milk for sick babies. Can you tell me how to do this? (Nov. 12, '08)
Down Syndrome: Is it possible to breastfeed my baby who was born with Down Syndrome? (Oct. 19, '05)
Emergency: Questions related to breastfeeding during emergency/disaster/crisis situations (Oct 2, '06)
Engorgement: My Breasts Feel Extremely Full and Uncomfortable. What is Happening and What Can I Do About It? (Mar 10, '06)
Exercise: Will My Milk Supply Be Affected If I Exercise? (Nov. 12, '08)
Extended Breastfeeding: I'm Pregnant and Still Nursing My Toddler--Must I Wean Now? (Oct. 15, '03)
Is It Possible to Breastfeed Both a Baby and a Toddler? (Oct. 16, '03)
My Toddler Is Still Breastfeeding, Mostly at Night and First Thing in the Morning. Should I Wean Him? If So, How? (Nov. 12, '08)
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding My Toddler(May 22, '06)
Fathers: What Is the Father's Role in the Breastfeeding Relationship?(Nov. 12, '08)
Fertility: Can I get pregnant while I am breastfeeding? (Oct. 16, '03)
Flat Nipples: My Doctor Said I Have Inverted or Flat Nipples. Can I Still Breastfeed My Baby? (May 22, '06)
Fluoride Supplements: Should My Breastfed Baby Be Receiving Vitamin or Fluoride Supplements? (July 27, '05)
Foremilk and Hindmilk: What is the difference between foremilk and hindmilk? Is my baby's fussiness caused by the lactose in my milk? (May 11, '06)
Growth Charts: Are There Growth Charts Available That Reflect Typical Growth Patterns of Breastfed Infants? (May 1, '06)
Growth Spurts: Why Does My Baby Suddenly Want to Breastfeed Constantly? (Oct. 27, '03)
Hair: Personal grooming while breastfeeding: What are the effects of hair coloring and perms, tanning beds and nipple piercing? (May 16, '06)
Herpes: What about Herpes and Breastfeeding? (Oct. 27, '03)
Hyperthyroidism: I may have an overactive thyroid; can I still breastfeed my baby?(Oct. 27, '03)
Hypothyroidism: I may have hypothyroidism; can I still breastfeed my baby? (Nov. 14, '03)
Illness, Baby: My Baby Is Having Surgery under General Anesthesia. How Long before the Surgery Can I Breastfeed Him? (Nov. 14, '03)
My Baby Has Reflux. Can I Continue to Breastfeed Him? (Nov. 14, '03)
My New Baby Was Born with a Disability. Can I Still Breastfeed? (Nov. 14, '03)
Illness, Mother: Can I Breastfeed My Baby When I Am Sick? (Nov. 17, '03)
My doctor has prescribed a medication for me. Is it safe for me to continue breastfeeding my baby while I take the medicine? (Nov. 17, '03)
My Doctor Says I Must Wean for Medical Reasons. What Should I Do? (Nov. 17, '03)
Inverted Nipples: My Doctor Said I Have Inverted or Flat Nipples. Can I Still Breastfeed My Baby?(May 22, '06)
Italian: Potete trovare alcune delle domande più frequenti (FAQ) sulla pagina delle informazioni in italiano. (We also have many Italian FAQs in our collection of materials in Italian.)
Lactation Consultant: What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)? What are some pathways to becoming an IBCLC? (April 23, '08))
Lactose: What is the difference between foremilk and hindmilk? Is my baby's fussiness caused by the lactose in my milk? (May 11, '06)
La Leche League: Why Is LLL Necessary?(May 19, '06)
La Leche League Leaders: How Can I Become a La Leche League Leader? (Nov. 12, '08)
La Leche League Meetings: There's No La Leche League Group in My Town. Can I Hold Meetings on My Own? (Nov. 12, '08)
What Goes On at Those La Leche League Meetings?(May 19, '06)
La Leche League Name: How Did La Leche League Get Its Name? (Dec 1, '08)
Leaking: How Can I Deal with My Leaking Breasts? (May 30, '06)
Let-Down: It Hurts when My Milk "Lets Down." What Could Be Causing This and How Can I Remedy This Situation? What If My Pain Is Deep in My Breast? (Nov. 12, '08)
Mammograms: Can Breastfeeding Mothers Get Mammograms? (Mar. 21, '02)
Mastitis: My Breast Hurts. What Can I Do? (June 21, '04)
What Can I Do about My Repeated Cases of Mastitis?(June 21, '04)
Medications: My doctor has prescribed a medication for me. Is it safe for me to continue breastfeeding my baby while I take the medicine? (Nov. 17, '03)
Menstruation: Is it Normal Not to Have Periods (menstruate) When Breastfeeding? (Nov. 12, '08)
Microwave: Can Human Milk Be Heated in the Microwave? (May 4 '06)
Milk Banks: I Am Breastfeeding my Baby and Have an Abundant Supply. I'd like to donate milk for sick babies. Can you tell me how to do this? (Apr. 30, '03)
Milk Supply: Am I Making Too Much Milk? (Apr. 20, '06)
How Can I Increase My Milk Supply? (May 23, '06))
How Can I Tell if My Baby Is Getting Enough Milk?(May 30, '06)
Will My Milk Supply Be Affected If I Exercise? (Nov. 12, '08)
Nursing: See Breastfeeding
Oversupply: Am I Making Too Much Milk? (Apr. 20, '06)
What is the difference between foremilk and hindmilk? Is my baby's fussiness caused by the lactose in my milk? (May 11, '06)
Pain, Breast: It Hurts when My Milk "Lets Down." What Could Be Causing This and How Can I Remedy This Situation? What If My Pain Is Deep in My Breast? (Nov. 12, '08)
My Breast Hurts. What Can I Do? (June 21, '04)
Pain, Nipple: Thrush--Could It Be Causing My Sore Nipples? (Jan. 25, '05)
What Can I Do about My Repeated Cases of Mastitis? (June 21, '04)
What Can I Do to Prevent or Heal Sore Nipples?(May 22, '06)
How Do I Prevent Sore Nipples? (May 30, '06)
Pierced Nipples: Personal grooming while breastfeeding: What are the effects of hair coloring and perms, tanning beds and nipple piercing? (May 16, '06)
Positioning: How Do I Position My Baby to Breastfeed? (May 22, '06)
Potassium Iodide: I am interested in learning more about potassium iodide tablets. Are they safe to take while breastfeeding? (Dec. 18, '02)
Pregnancy: I'm Pregnant and Still Nursing My Toddler--Must I Wean Now? (Oct. 15, '03)
Premature Infants: How Do I Position My Pre-Term Baby at the Breast? (Sep. 4, '02)
Is Breastfeeding Important for My Premature Baby? (May 3, '06)
What about Pumping My Milk for My Premature Baby? (Sep. 4, '02)
What Are LLLI Resources For Breastfeeding My Premature Baby? (May 3, '06)
Why are Kangaroo Care and Skin-to-Skin Contact Important? (May 3, '06)
Preparing to Breastfeed: What Do I Have to Do to Prepare My Breasts for Breastfeeding?(May 22, '06)
Prevention: Can Breastfeeding Prevent Illnesses?(May 22, '06)
Pumping: How Do I Choose a Breast Pump? (Nov. 12, '08)
How Often Will I Have to Pump When I Return to Work? (Nov. 12, '08)
I'm Pumping, but My Supply Is Going Down. What Can I Do? (Mar. 20, '02)
Reflux: My Baby Has Reflux. Can I Continue to Breastfeed Him? (Nov. 14, '03)
Refusing the Breast: My Newborn Has Never Really Gotten the Hang of Nursing. How Can I Get Him Back to the Breast? (Oct. 5, '04)
My Baby Is Suddenly Refusing to Breastfeed. Does That Mean It's Time to Wean? (Oct 5, '04)
Relactation: I would like to resume breastfeeding after an interruption. How do I relactate? (Sept.1, '05)
Scheduling Feedings: Does My Baby Need to Be on a Schedule?(May 23, '06)
Sexual Intimacy: Intimacy and Breastfeeding: Is There Sex after Babies? (May 4, '06)
Siblings: How Can I Care for My Other Child(ren) while Breastfeeding My Infant? (Nov. 12, '08)
Sickness: Can I Nurse My Baby When I Am Sick? (Nov. 17, '03)
My doctor has prescribed a medication for me. Is it safe for me to continue breastfeeding my baby while I take the medicine? (Nov. 17, '03)
My Baby Is Having Surgery under General Anesthesia. How Long before the Surgery Can I Breastfeed Him? (Nov. 14, '03)
Skin Tint: My Breastfed Toddler's Skin Has Turned Orangey-Yellow. Is It My Milk? (July 27, '05)
Sleep Issues: Should I Sleep with My Baby? (July 15, '04)
When Will My Baby Sleep through the Night? (July 26, '05)
Slings and Babywearing: What are the Benefits of Wearing My Baby in a Sling? (Feb. 18, '05)
Smoking: Is It Safe for a Smoker to Breastfeed Her Baby? What about using the nicotine patch and other smoking cessation aids? (Nov. 12, '08)
Solid Foods, Introducing: First Foods for Babies (Apr. 10, '06)
When Should My Baby Start Solids? (Apr. 10, '06)
Spanish: Encontrarás respuestas a preguntas habituales en español en la página de información en español. (You will find FAQs in Spanish on the Spanish information page.)
Spoiling: Will I Spoil My Baby by Holding/Nursing Him So Often? (July 27, '05)
Storing Milk: What Are the LLLI Guidelines for Storing My Pumped Milk? (Nov. 20, '08)
Supplementation: I Need to Feed My Baby from a Bottle. Can You Help? (Nov. 29, '08)
If I Choose to Supplement, What Is the Best Formula to Use? (Oct. 21 '01)
Is it OK to Mix Human Milk and Artificial Baby Milk (Formula)? (Feb. 2, '02)
Surgery: My Baby Is Having Surgery under General Anesthesia. How Long before the Surgery Can I Breastfeed Him? (Nov. 14, '03)
Will the Breast Surgery I Had in the Past Prevent Me from Being Able to Breastfeed My Baby? (Apr. 8, '02)
Tanning: Personal grooming while breastfeeding: What are the effects of hair coloring and perms, tanning beds and nipple piercing? (May 16, '06)
Tattoos: Is it safe to get a tattoo while breastfeeding? Is it safe to have a tattoo removed while breastfeeding? (Mar. 17, '05)
Teething: Do I Need to Stop Breastfeeding When My Baby Gets Teeth? (Nov. 14, '07)
Thrush: Thrush--Could It Be Causing My Sore Nipples? (Jan. 25, '05)
Thyroid: I may have an overactive thyroid; can I still breastfeed my baby? (Oct. 27, '03)
I may have hypothyroidism; can I still breastfeed my baby? (Nov. 14, '03)
Time Management: What About the (ugh) Housework? How Can I Keep Up while I Have a Breastfeeding Baby? (Nov. 12, '08)
Toddlers: See Extended Breastfeeding
Travel: Are There Any Tricks to Traveling with a Breastfed Baby? (May. 5, '09)
Twins/Multiples: I have just learned I am pregnant with twins. What do I need to know to breastfeed under these circumstances? (Nov. 12, '08)
Vitamins/Supplements: Should My Breastfed Baby Be Receiving Vitamin or Fluoride Supplements? (July 27, '05)
Weaning: Contaminants Have Been Found in Human milk. Should I Wean my Baby? (Nov. 14, '03)
Do I Need to Stop Breastfeeding When My Baby Gets Teeth? (Nov. 14, '07)
How Do I Wean My Baby? (July 16, '02)
I'm Pregnant and Still Nursing My Toddler--Must I Wean Now? (Oct. 15, '03)
My Baby Has Weaned before I Was Ready! Help! (Nov. 12, '08)
My Baby Is Suddenly Refusing to Breastfeed. Does That Mean It's Time to Wean? (Nov. 12, '08)
My Doctor Says I Must Wean for Medical Reasons. What Should I Do? (Nov. 17, '03)
My Toddler Is Still Breastfeeding, Mostly at Night and First Thing in the Morning. Should I Wean Him? If So, How? (Nov. 12, '08)
Would Weaning Make My Life Easier? (May 4, '06)
Weight Loss: How Can I Lose Weight Safely while Breastfeeding? (Oct. 15, '03)
Is a Low Carbohydrate Diet Safe for a Breastfeeding Mother? (Mar. 15, 00)
Working and Breastfeeding: How Often Will I Have to Pump When I Return to Work? (Nov. 12, '08)
How Can I Make My Return To Work Easier? (Oct. 22, '02)

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Notes about our FAQs

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been written by accredited La Leche League Leaders and reviewed by our Professional Liaison Department staff. FAQs on unusual or rare topics are also included. Most items listed here will not be experienced by all mothers. The majority of mothers experience few breastfeeding challenges.

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