What I Learned About My Own Gut Health Through Breastfeeding Allergic Babies

My firstborn was always a fussy baby, and for most of her first year of life we had no idea why.  She was gassy, never slept for longer than 45 minute intervals, and regularly exploded out of her diapers.  Her stools were frequently greenish and stringy with occasional streaks of blood.  She was sometimes wheezy.  But, aside from these persistent annoyances, was overall a very … Continue reading What I Learned About My Own Gut Health Through Breastfeeding Allergic Babies

Why I Practice Extended Breastfeeding

Editor’s Note: Lately there have been a lot of questions about the how’s and why’s of extended breastfeeding. In the US, “extended breastfeeding” generally means breastfeeding past a year. Here at Breastfeed, Chicago!, we recognize that mommyhood is not a race, and there is no such thing as the perfect length of time to breastfeed – every mother/child pair is different. Christine does an excellent … Continue reading Why I Practice Extended Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and the Common Cold

Ever since the cold weather started here in Chicago (and then stopped, and then started, and then stopped…), members of our Facebook group have been asking about safe remedies for the common cold for breastfeeding mothers. Here are some of the great ideas brought up by our members*: Should I breastfeed my baby when I have a cold? Yes, yes, and yes!!!!!! When you get … Continue reading Breastfeeding and the Common Cold