Whoot! Whoot! Katrina does it again!!

We are so proud of our Executive Director and Founder, Katrina Pavlik! She is the force that drives us all and with pieces like this, that get published in the Trib – you can see why. Read it – it’s good! See the Op-Ed here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-breastfeeding-mommy-wars-chicago-perspec-0402-jm-20150401-story.html Tell us what you thought of this piece. What have you done to advocate for yourself as a mom? Continue reading Whoot! Whoot! Katrina does it again!!

To Cover or Not to Cover? That Seems to be the Question.

I am now breastfeeding my fifth child and have been breastfeeding for 10 years straight.  There are not many places that I have not breastfed- if I am there- chances are I have breastfed there.  I used to be very concerned about breastfeeding in public lest someone see something. Now, I unabashedly “whip it out” when someone needs some milky. What changed? With more children … Continue reading To Cover or Not to Cover? That Seems to be the Question.

Navigating Nursing in Public in the Chicagoland Area (or anywhere)

Nursing in Public (NIP) – for some breastfeeding moms this comes easily, for others this idea makes some extremely nervous. Usually, but not always, it’s the first-time mama or first-time breastfeeding mama who is worried about breastfeeding her babe outside of the home. What it boils down to are two things. One, lack of practice of nursing in public. And two, lack of confidence. I’ve … Continue reading Navigating Nursing in Public in the Chicagoland Area (or anywhere)

Top Ten Things I Learned from Breastfeed Chicago (except that there are 22 things…)

Thank you to the ladies on the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook group for their contributions! In no particular order: Coconut oil apparently can cure ANYTHING. Find a supportive mama tribe – toxic relationships aren’t worth your time. Breastfeeding in public is not only possible; it’s normal! Preemies CAN learn to breastfeed! Twins can too! If your boobs look like they are covered in blood, check to … Continue reading Top Ten Things I Learned from Breastfeed Chicago (except that there are 22 things…)

Breastfeeding Moms Just Wanna Have Fun

I have heard it all from a variety of people in my life how formula feeding is easier than breastfeeding – especially if you want to have fun. Want to drink a beer? Can’t do it because you are breastfeeding.  You want a night out? Sorry, the babe needs to eat and only you can feed her. You need a break? Sorry…….you can’t, you breastfeed. … Continue reading Breastfeeding Moms Just Wanna Have Fun

Our Favorite Breastfeeding Advice

This week’s post is all about our members. Members of our Facebook group were asked how long they’ve been breastfeeding and their favorite words of wisdom. We want to emphasize that there is no “right” length of time to breastfeed your baby – everyone takes their own journey, but every journey is a lot more fun when you have supportive and encouraging people around you. … Continue reading Our Favorite Breastfeeding Advice

Breastfeeding During the Holidays

Let’s be honest.  While winter can bring lots of joy and extra snuggles with our nurslings, the holidays can also be a difficult time in our breastfeeding journey. You’ll definitely be busier than usual – shopping, cooking, cleaning, attending worship services and holiday gatherings.  You may have houseguests for several days — or even weeks.  You might be traveling and living in someone else’s (un-child-proofed) … Continue reading Breastfeeding During the Holidays

Baboons, Billboards, and Mommy Tribes

Sit with a group of moms long enough and you’ll hear a familiar conversation: “What’s Joey doing this summer?” “When did your daughter potty-train?” “Who’s your pediatrician?” For some, these conversations are about competition and making sure you’re winning the mommy race (oh, you know you’re out there). But for most of us, these chats are about wanting to become better at what we do, … Continue reading Baboons, Billboards, and Mommy Tribes

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