Pumping at Work: Talking to Your Employer & Knowing Your Rights

Q: How do I talk to my employer about a place to pump? What are my rights? What can I do if my coworkers or supervisor give me a hard time about pumping? Breastfeed Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois teamed up to bring you a very informative webinar to walk you through the laws that protect your right to pump at … Continue reading Pumping at Work: Talking to Your Employer & Knowing Your Rights

The ACA & Breastfeeding Insurance Coverage

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

Standing Up for a Mother’s Right to Nurse in Public

This post was originally posted on Attached at the Boob on June 3, 2011. Thank you, Suzi, for allowing us to repost it! Last month I attended my first nurse-in.  If you’re not familiar with the term, a “nurse-in” is essentially a peaceful protest including mothers who sit in or near a public place and nurse their children.  This is done in response to a … Continue reading Standing Up for a Mother’s Right to Nurse in Public

The Self-Proclaimed Breastfeeding Educationist, A Non-Activist

ac-tiv-ist (ak-tuh-vist) nounan especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause educationist (ej-oo-key-shuh-nist) noun a specialist in the theory and methods of education By the time I got home from the hospital with my son, I felt betrayed by my body in more ways than I could count: a metabolic disorder making getting pregnant difficult, a high-risk pregnancy, a 26-hour delivery, and to top it all … Continue reading The Self-Proclaimed Breastfeeding Educationist, A Non-Activist

Going Back to Work

Going back to work and continuing to breastfeed is not easy.  Especially when your little one is extra little – and you know everyone around you suspects she’s not getting enough.  All of a sudden you can be measured and judged. Even with an unbelievably flexible boss, an amazingly supportive husband and – shall we say – an above-average sense of self-confidence, I still find … Continue reading Going Back to Work