Board Member Spotlight: Telika’s Story

Telika Howard is no stranger to breastfeeding education and support. As a doula, mother of seven breastfed children, Breastfeed Chicago Board member, community educator, and Certified Lactation Counselor, she has deep personal and professional knowledge about the unique successes and challenges that arise in each breastfeeding relationship. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Telika lived in Memphis, Tennessee and Denver, Colorado before returning to Chicago … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight: Telika’s Story

Where can I pump while I’m away from my baby? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #5

To celebrate the holidays, we’re posting the top five holiday breastfeeding questions from the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook group and answers from our experts. Here is our final question!   Heading to Christkindlmarket without baby? Celebrating Kwanzaa at the DuSable Museum during naptime? Checking out “The Sound of Music” kid-free? You’ll likely need to pump if you are away from baby for longer than two or three hours. It … Continue reading Where can I pump while I’m away from my baby? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #5

Is it safe for me to have peppermint-flavored snacks? What about stuffing with sage in it? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #4

To celebrate the holidays, we’re posting the top holiday breastfeeding questions from the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook group and answers from our experts. Here is question number four! There is not a large body of research about the effect of these herbs on milk supply. Anecdotally, lactation professionals and nursing parents share that sage, peppermint, oregano, and parsley have the potential to lower milk supply when these herbs … Continue reading Is it safe for me to have peppermint-flavored snacks? What about stuffing with sage in it? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #4

I just had a glass of wine. Can I nurse my baby? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #3

To celebrate the holidays, we’re posting the top holiday breastfeeding questions from the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook group and answers from our experts. Here is question number three! There isn’t one single source of information that can provide a final answer. Research is emerging and each person has a different comfort level with alcohol use during breastfeeding. Here is what we do know about alcohol use … Continue reading I just had a glass of wine. Can I nurse my baby? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #3

Help – I’ve never nursed in front of family before! – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #2

To celebrate the holidays, we’re posting the top holiday breastfeeding questions from the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook group and answers from our experts. Here is question number two! For many breastfeeding parents, the holiday season is the first time navigating nursing in front of family or friends. This can make some people feel nervous. You might worry about showing skin or about reactions from others when you breastfeed … Continue reading Help – I’ve never nursed in front of family before! – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #2

Holiday Breastfeeding Questions Answered!

The holiday season can bring with it unique breastfeeding questions and challenges. Breastfeed Chicago is here to help with a handy guide to help you and your nursling stay healthy and happy throughout this busy season! Our five-part series tackles the most frequently asked questions during the holiday season. Click on a question to see our answer or scroll down to start the series. “What is … Continue reading Holiday Breastfeeding Questions Answered!

Kelly’s Giving Story

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

5 Easy Ways to Support Breastfeed Chicago This #GivingTuesday

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

Ayla’s Journey: An Induced Lactation Success Story

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

Our Impact

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