Call for Board Members and Volunteers!

Call for Board Members and Volunteers: Breastfeed Chicago is expanding our organization. We are seeking diverse, energetic, and skilled individuals to join our organization as board members and volunteers. The ideal candidate will be passionate about: equipping families, health professionals, and communities with tools for successful breastfeeding advocating for breastfeeding-friendly practices from businesses, employers, hospitals and health care providers working to erase disparities in breastfeeding … Continue reading Call for Board Members and Volunteers!

Breastfeed Chicago is looking for a non-profit consultant

Request for proposals for board of directors consultant January 2019 Breastfeed Chicago is seeking proposals for a contract consultant who will support the board of directors during a time of leadership transition and organizational change. This position will last three months and will consist of three key project goals: Manage the new board member selection process, including vetting applications, arranging for interviews, and supporting the … Continue reading Breastfeed Chicago is looking for a non-profit consultant

Chicagoland College & University Lactation Room Location Guide

Ah, autumn: it’s time to get out your coziest sweater, sip a new coffee flavor, and head back to campus. Breastfeed Chicago knows how important it is for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to have dedicated pumping locations on every college and university campus. That’s why we’ve reached out to every post-secondary school in the greater Chicagoland area in search of individual pumping locations. We … Continue reading Chicagoland College & University Lactation Room Location Guide

Parents: Unite to Fight Breastfeeding Inequality

By Neve Spicer Breastfeeding is the most natural of all parenting practices. Yet, while this ancient rite is available to (almost) all mothers, not all mothers have an equal opportunity to make it work for them and their baby. At the beginning of August, the world celebrated World Breastfeeding Week. It was the perfect opportunity to change the ‘mommy war’ debate. After all, the big … Continue reading Parents: Unite to Fight Breastfeeding Inequality

Board Member Spotlight: Maria’s Ten Breastfeeding Truths

Maria Briseño is a Breastfeed Chicago board member with an extensive background in community health and lactation support. Currently, Maria is a Preventive Care Navigator for the Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. Previously she worked as a Lactation Counselor for the Health Consortium of Illinois’ Healthy Start Program. She is a La Leche League International Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Program Administrator, and has training … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight: Maria’s Ten Breastfeeding Truths

Announcing the 2018 Breastfeed Chicago CLC Scholarship Program!

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)? Breastfeed Chicago is excited to offer three (3) partial scholarships for CLC training opportunities in 2018! These $120 scholarships will enable three (3) of our members living in the greater Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana area to receive financial support to participate in a CLC training through Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. This scholarship amount is equal … Continue reading Announcing the 2018 Breastfeed Chicago CLC Scholarship Program!

Buying a Breast Pump: What You Need to Know

Q: What kind of breast pump do I need? Can I get my breast pump covered through insurance? If you’re returning to work outside the home and want to continue providing breast milk to your baby, the right breast pump is a must. You’ll be spending hours with this piece of equipment and it will be essential to maintaining your supply while you’re at work. … Continue reading Buying a Breast Pump: What You Need to Know

Breastfeed Chicago’s Ultimate Back-to-Work Guide

Heading to work after the birth of your baby? You likely have lots of questions and concerns about how to balance working and breastfeeding. You are not alone! The United States Breastfeeding Committee reports that one-third of working mothers return to work within three months of the birth of their child, and two-thirds return within six months. Breastfeed Chicago knows that maintaining a successful breastfeeding … Continue reading Breastfeed Chicago’s Ultimate Back-to-Work Guide

How Often Should I Pump at Work?

Q: How many times a day should I aim pump at work? You should aim to pump as frequently as your baby nurses while you’re with them. This usually means pumping somewhere in the range of every two to three hours. How frequently your baby nurses (and how frequently you’ll have to pump pump) also depends on your breast storage capacity. Breastfeeding parents with a … Continue reading How Often Should I Pump at Work?

Choosing a Bottle & What to Do If Your Baby Refuses It

Q: Bottles are hard to choose! How do I select the “right” one? and Q: My baby won’t take a bottle! What do I do? Did I wait too long to try one out? Bottle feeding and breastfeeding require very different skills from your baby. Learning to feed from the breast and the bottle are very different processes and both require patience. Some babies are … Continue reading Choosing a Bottle & What to Do If Your Baby Refuses It