Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding has many known health benefits for infants, children, and mothers and is a key strategy to improve public health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding while introducing complementary foods for at least 1 year.

Breastfeeding Statistics:

  • Most infants born in 2017 started breastfeeding (84.1%); 58.3% of infants were breastfeeding at 6 months.
  • The percentage of breastfed infants supplemented with infant formula before 2 days of age was 19.2% among infants born in 2017, an increase from 16.9% in 2016.

Comprehensive hospital practices and policies that support breastfeeding have been shown to reduce disparities in breastfeeding and help give infants the best start in life.1

Lactation support from healthcare professionals can be incorporated into telemedicine sessions that break down the basics of early infant feeding.

 

Related Education for Professionals

 
Lactation Support: Incorporating Telemedicine into Practice

This course describes the benefits of human milk and breastfeeding for mother and infant; reviews support strategies to overcome issues and barriers of breastfeeding; and discusses breastfeeding support using telemedicine and during the pandemic. Originally presented as a live webinar on August 20, 2020.

 
Early Infant Feeding: Breaking Down the Basics

This course reviews breastfeeding guidelines; discusses maternal nutrient recommendations during lactation; reviews infant nutrient recommendations during the first 6 months of life; and describes composition of early infant feedings. Originally presented as a live webinar on November 18, 2020.

 
 

Related Nutrition Resources

 

Similac® Custom Feeding System

Explore a comprehensive portfolio of Similac products to support preterm and term infant feeding. 

Connect with Your Patients

 
Bottle-Feeding & Back-to-Work Tips

Returning to work guidance for the bottle-feeding transition, pumping and storing breast milk at work, and safe formula preparation and use.

 
Breastfeeding Support: Special Needs Baby, Large Breasts & Extra Weight, Postpartum Depression, Surgery, and Premature Baby

Breastfeeding guidance and tips for situations when mom and baby need extra support and care.

Product Options for Supplementation Needs

Similac® 360 Total Care®

Similac 360 Total Care* Infant Formula is made with an exclusive blend of 5 HMO prebiotics structurally identical to those in breast milk. Our formula also has nutrition designed for immune support, brain development, and digestive health. Similac is the #1 infant formula brand chosen by parents. Our formula contains no artificial growth hormones and is non-GMO.§

 

* Not for infants or children with galactosemia.
 Total US infant formula, all outlets as of 9/1/2021, Nielsen data.
 No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows.
§ Ingredients not genetically engineered.

Similac® 360 Total Care® Sensitive

Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive* Infant Formula is gentle nutrition designed to ease common tummy troubles like fussiness and gas due to lactose sensitivity. Our formula has an exclusive blend of 5 HMO prebiotics structurally identical to those in breast milk, and nutrition designed for immune support, brain development, and digestive health. Similac is the #1 infant formula brand chosen by parents. Our formula has no artificial growth hormones and is non-GMO.§

* Not for infants or children with galactosemia.
 Total US infant formula, all outlets as of 9/1/2021, Nielsen data.
 No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows.
§ Ingredients not genetically engineered.

Similac Pro-Advance®

A 20 cal/fl oz, nutritionally complete, non-GMO*, milk-based, iron fortified standard infant formula designed to support both immune and cognitive development with key ingredients found in breast milk. For use as a supplement or alternative to breastfeeding.

* Ingredients not genetically engineered.

Similac Pro-Sensitive®

A 20 cal/fl oz, nutritionally complete, non-GMO*, iron-fortified infant formula designed for use as a milk-based alternative to standard milk-based formulas for sensitive tummies. Designed to support both immune and cognitive development with key ingredients found in breast milk. Suitable for infants with lactose sensitivity.

* Ingredients not genetically engineered
† Typical Value 0.1 g lactose/100 kcal compared to Similac Advance (11g lactose/ 100kcal).

Similac Pro-Total Comfort®

A gentle formula with 2'-FL HMO for immune support, Similac Pro-Total Comfort is a nutritionally complete infant formula that has partially hydrolyzed whey protein as an alternative to standard intact-protein milk-based formulas. After switching to Pro-Total Comfort, parents reported a significant reduction in fussiness, gas, and crying after just 1 day of feeding.

 
 

 

References: 1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breastfeeding report card. CDC website. http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm