Breastfeeding Videos

Breastfeeding Basics

A good support team can help make sure you breastfeed your baby as long as you want to.
A good support team can help make sure you breastfeed your baby as long as you want to.. Photo © Torsten Schon

Breastfeeding videos can help you learn to breastfeed more effectively -- even moms who already understand the many benefits of breastfeeding and of extended breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding

According to most surveys, while about 65 percent of mothers start breastfeeding, only about 30 percent are still breastfeeding at six months and only about 15 percent are still breastfeeding when their baby is 12 months old.

This is well below the Healthy People 2010 Targets, a set of national health objectives, that 50 percent of mothers are breastfeeding at six months and 25 percent at 12 months.

Although breastfeeding surveys often list a number of reasons for why mothers choose not to start or continue breastfeeding their baby, one common reason is a lack of support from friends or family members who have breastfed their own babies. A breastfeeding book can be helpful, and a picture may be worth a thousand words, but watching someone breastfeed, even if it is on a video can be invaluable when you are trying to learn to breastfeed your baby.

Joining a breastfeeding support group in your area, such as from The La Leche League, can help you find other breastfeeding mothers to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.

Breastfeeding videos can also help you learn to breastfeed your baby effectively and get help when you are having problems or questions.

Videos of Breastfeeding Basics

  • Latching On Video: Breastfeeding positions and latching on are the most important parts of the entire nursing experience.
  • Baby 28 Hours Old Assisted Latching - Shows latching on. Not perfect, but good enough. The mother had no pain. It did take two tries to get the baby to latch on, but that’s okay; there’s no point in trying to force a baby who does not take the breast to stay on the breast. It won’t work.

    Sources:

    CDC. Breastfeeding Report Card, United States — 2007: Outcome Indicators.

    Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, AAP Policy Statement. PEDIATRICS Vol. 115 No. 2 February 2005, pp. 496-506.

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