Breastfeeding is simply the healthiest choice for you and your baby.

Breastmilk is your baby’s perfect first food. It has special nutrients your baby needs that are not found in formula. It is just what your baby needs in just the right amount. Your breastmilk changes to meet the needs of your growing child and gives your baby protection against illness and infection. Breastmilk is the only food your baby needs during his or her first six months of life.

Breastfeeding also helps build a special bond between you and your baby, and helps your body return to its pre-pregnancy weight.

In the beginning, breastfeeding can be challenging. We can help you find breastfeeding resources and support. Call the WithinReach Family Health Hotline at 1 (800) 322-2588 or visit

Read more about Learning to breastfeed.

Did you know breastfed babies have fewer earaches, colds and allergies?