Kelly Holmes knows the value of perseverance and a solid support system. She joined the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook page after the birth of her son Kellan in April of 2013. She and her husband Montez were already parenting her older stepson Jaren, but breastfeeding was new to Kelly. Kelly often experienced back pain due to the size of her breasts. She chose not to have breast … Continue reading Kelly’s Giving Story
It’s easy to support our work! Read our Supporter Toolkit below to get started. Our organization has been hard at work this year creating new partnerships, training health professionals, advocating for breastfeeding support across the Chicago area, and answering thousands of questions on our online breastfeeding support group. With your continued support, we hope to grow our impact in 2018 to make Chicago the most … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Support Breastfeed Chicago This #GivingTuesday
When Ayla Sherrin found out her wife Bre was pregnant, she was thrilled. A rare genetic condition made it difficult and dangerous for Ayla to become pregnant, so the couple decided that Bre would carry their baby. Bre was happy to experience pregnancy and breastfeed once the baby arrived, but Ayla knew she wanted to experience nursing and connecting with their baby, too. She decided … Continue reading Ayla’s Journey: An Induced Lactation Success Story
Breastfeed Chicago is a parent-powered organization established in 2011 to support parents who breastfeed. We work to build a cohesive and sustainable support network for breastfeeding parents through the connection of resources, cultural normalization, and institutional advocacy. In 2017, Breastfeed Chicago has grown our number of staff and volunteers, worked to build new partnerships with nonprofits and public health agencies, and created new connections with … Continue reading Our Impact
Breastfeeding parents nurse in public all the time, and most never have any issues. Recently, however, a Chicago mom was asked by a restaurant staff member to “do that somewhere else.” “That” was breastfeeding, and “somewhere else” was a bathroom, a dim corner, or (presumably) a cave. Hello, Dark Ages? Can you hang up now? We are soooo done with you. A couple reminders about breastfeeding in … Continue reading Can’t You Do That Somewhere Else?
We are SO CLOSE to meeting our goal of raising $10,000 to hire our first staff member! May 2016 is our 5th anniversary (go us!), and we are looking for organizations, individuals and businesses to sponsor our final fundraising push. What do you mean “sponsor?” We mean we want you to put up an amount of money you are comfortable giving to the organization as a … Continue reading Sponsor Breastfeed Chicago’s May Fundraiser!
I know you’re tired. Parenthood is exhausting. Just getting out the door has become a monumental task. When your days are full of nursing or pumping, diapers, back to work, family management, and all the other bajillion things that you need to get done before the sun goes down (and your baby wakes up, amirite?) thinking about insurance coverage violations are the LAST thing you have … Continue reading The ACA & Breastfeeding Insurance Coverage
Confused about your pumping rights in the workplace? Fear not! Breastfeed Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois teamed up to bring you this handy webinar to walk you through the laws that protect your right to pump at work! Like what we’ve done? Want to see more stuff like this? Donate to Breastfeed Chicago so we can continue to bring you solid information … Continue reading Webinar: Pumping in the Workplace – Your Rights in Illinois
Join ACLU-IL and Breastfeed Chicago for a lunchtime webinar outlining your rights to pump during the workday. The presentation will include an explanation of state and federal laws relating to pumping in the workplace, including the Illinois Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Affordable Care Act. We will also discuss strategies for talking with your employer about pumping … Continue reading Pumping at Work? Understand Your Rights.
I have talked to so many new or expecting mothers who know something is wrong. They know their emotions feel out of control and they don’t feel like themselves. They have high expectations of themselves and they struggle to understand why they are suffering. They think it will pass eventually and if they can just persevere it will go away. They are hard on … Continue reading Why it is 100% necessary to put YOURSELF first when suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder! By: Sarah Cline, LCSW