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

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

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

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

Why it is 100% necessary to put YOURSELF first when suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder! By: Sarah Cline, LCSW

  I have talked to so many new or expecting mothers who know something is wrong. They know their emotions feel out of control and they don’t feel like themselves. They have high expectations of themselves and they struggle to understand why they are suffering. They think it will pass eventually and if they can just persevere it will go away. They are hard on … Continue reading Why it is 100% necessary to put YOURSELF first when suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder! By: Sarah Cline, LCSW

Breastfeeding from a Dad’s Perspective

We hear all the time about how great the dads in our lives are, but this is the first time we’ve had a dad on a blog post! What were we thinking??? Partners who support breastfeeding not only make Mom’s life easier, they ensure the very best nutrition for their little one and a lifetime of better health. (Thanks to Giovanni for being our inaugural … Continue reading Breastfeeding from a Dad’s Perspective

10 Ways Breastfeeding and Sex are Similar

10 WAYS BREASTFEEDING AND SEX ARE SIMILAR….say, what?!?! 10. You get very little practical guidance from your mother about how to do it properly. 9. It is not enjoyable in the beginning. 8. In fact, it is usually painful which makes you happy that it doesn’t last long. 7. You should probably take a class or have a conversation with an expert before your first time. 6. … Continue reading 10 Ways Breastfeeding and Sex are Similar