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History of Breastfeeding

In the Egyptian, Greek and Roman empires, women usually fed only their own children. However, breastfeeding began to be seen as something too common to be done by royalty, and wet nurses were employed to breastfeed the children of the royal families. This was extended over the ages, particularly in western Europe, where noble women often made use of wet nurses. Learn more about the history of breastfeeding from Wikipedia, the community edited encylopedia.

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Let's Eat!: A Picture Guide to Breastfeeding Your New Baby

If you're like many new moms you have some concerns about breastfeeding. You know that breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby, and that it protects against illness and helps baby's brain develop. But you also might be thinking, "Can I do it?" and "Will my baby get enough to eat?" This picture guide from hte March of Dimes makes it easy to get started breastfeeding your new baby.

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The Breastfeeding Diet

You're not finished eating for two quite yet. Here's how to get the right nutrition to provide your baby with liquid meals. Like eating well during pregnancy, eating well while breastfeeding entails getting the right balance of good (and good for you) food.

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Best-selling Breast Pumps

Amazon.com carries a variety of breast pumps. Customer reviews help to guide you to a pump that will work for you. The goal is to select a pump that closely mimics your baby’s suckling. Feeding your baby your own milk is well worth the commitment.

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Promotion of Mother's Milk Discussion Forum

Join the ProMoM Discussion Forum and use the general breastfeeding Bulletin Board to meet and exchange support, tips, and ideas with other breastfeeding mothers. Membership is free.

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Purchase a Book About Breast-Feeding at Amazon.com

Discover the best books on breastfeeding at Amazon. “The Nursing Mother’s Companion”, “Mama Knows Breast”, “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” are all on the list. Customer reviews and rankings guide you to the most helpful books for your situation.

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Breastfeeding Twins And Triplets

Many women have successfully breastfed their twin babies, some for over two years. Even if your babies are premature, you can still breastfeed them. You can pump and take your milk into the hospital for feeding to your babies'. The nutritional content of each mother's breast milk is best suited for her babies' needs. Many tips are discussed for breast-feeding twins and triplets.

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Human Milk Banks – Women’s Health.gov

Ideally, breast milk comes from a baby's own mother. But when this is not possible, you can give your baby breast milk from donors, which provides the same nutrition and disease fighting properties as your own breast milk. The cost of donor milk is about $3 per ounce. Most health insurance companies cover the cost of donor milk if it is medically necessary. Human milk banks screen the donors, and collect, screen, process, and dispense donor human milk. You can find milk bank organizations on this website.

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