Breast Feeding Resources in Multiple Languages

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Breast Feeding Resources in Multiple Languages


August 1-7 is World Breast Feeding Week, and public health professionals may need to provide reliable information about breast feeding to new mothers with limited English proficiency. Use HealthReach, a free online tool from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), to find printable handouts in multiple languages on the topic of breast feeding (as well as some video and audio resources).  Here are just a few examples of the many breast feeding resources to be found on HealthReach:

  • Breastfeeding Basics (9 languages): This ten-page handout provides basic information about breastfeeding. It contains helpful tips about the mother's diet, and identifies what to eat and what to avoid.  It provides guidance for new mothers who are breastfeeding for the first time and lists feeding cues the baby will give when it is hungry. 
  • Breastfeeding Problems (8 languages): This ten-page handout provides helpful information for mothers who are having problems with breastfeeding. It identifies common problems mothers may encounter while breastfeeding, describes their signs and symptoms, and offers ways to prevent or alleviate these problems.
  • Getting Started Breastfeeding Your Baby (13 languages): This fourteen-page illustrated handout educates women about breastfeeding. It explains the nutritional benefits of breast milk for the baby, and provides basic information about breastfeeding, colostrum, feeding schedules, and things to avoid.
  • Pumping and Storing Breast Milk (9 languages): This ten-page handout provides helpful information for mothers about pumping (or expressing) and storing breast milk to relieve engorgement, increase milk supply, or feed their baby breast milk with a bottle. 

Illustration from Chinese version of "Getting Started Breastfeeding Your Baby."
Illustration from Chinese version of "Getting Started Breastfeeding Your Baby."