5 Things Your Best Friend Would Tell You About Breastfeeding

“Best friends are masters at one thing: telling it like it is. If you are lucky enough to have someone like this in your life then they can be your biggest supporter and critic at the same time. Your best friend is the first phone call when you need to process. Your best friend is a fan of everything you do, even when everyone else … Continue reading 5 Things Your Best Friend Would Tell You About Breastfeeding

Dear Labor and Delivery Nurse…

  Dear Labor and Delivery Nurse,   My clients want to breastfeed–thanks for helping to make that happen! Whether they are planning a water birth or a scheduled Cesarean birth, we’ve talked in our prenatal visits about how their choices in birth will impact breastfeeding. They have carefully considered some preferences for the birth that were made with immediate and exclusive breastfeeding in mind. Thank … Continue reading Dear Labor and Delivery Nurse…

I AM enough

I am enough. I fell for Brené almost immediately. Granted, I watched her TED lecture on vulnerability when I was an emotionally raw new mother. But I remember being smitten immediately when I heard her talk about holding our perfect little babies and telling them “you know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” And when I … Continue reading I AM enough

The Value of Breastfeeding Meetings in the Age of Social Networking

Dear nursing mama, Q: Do you need to go to a meeting of Breastfeeding USA or La Leche League? A: If you think you need to, then you do. If you think you do not need to, then you need to even more. A hospital class, I am sorry to tell you, is not the same thing at all. Of course, any way of getting information is … Continue reading The Value of Breastfeeding Meetings in the Age of Social Networking

7 Breastfeeding Mistakes I Made, So You Don’t Have To

This is my cute, little first-born. Well, OK, he’s not so little at a whopping 8.5 years old (how the heck did that happen?). His babyhood might be long gone, but the memories of all the challenges we faced – real and imagined – are far from forgotten. Of all the things I wish I could change about that first year, breastfeeding is at the top … Continue reading 7 Breastfeeding Mistakes I Made, So You Don’t Have To

Life Lessons for Young Mothers: Lesson One

Dear Young Mother,   It is wisely written: “All you have to offer anyone, ever, is your own state of being.”—Ram Dass As a young mother, you learn and re-learn this one every single day. You find out that taking good care of yourself is the same as taking care of your children. If you are coming from a place of weariness, discouragement and depletion, … Continue reading Life Lessons for Young Mothers: Lesson One

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)

Free Ain’t Free

Dad was right. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. First, some stats: In 2013, 11.1% of Illinois babies had been exclusively breastfed at 6 months old. This means no formula supplementation and no solids. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Healthy People 2020 initiative wants us to be up to 25.5% by year 2020. (Other countries’ data.) Why? Because we know that exclusive … Continue reading Free Ain’t Free

16 Things You Can Do While Breastfeeding

Someone who would like to talk you out of breastfeeding might whine, “Oh, but breastfeeding takes so much time!”  And preparing bottles doesn’t? In the first place, our society places too much importance on getting volumes and masses of things done, as if that is how we prove our worth.  Yes, breastfeeding takes time.  So does paying attention to a child.  So does lovingly raising a … Continue reading 16 Things You Can Do While Breastfeeding

Lessons Learned About Working and Pumping

Looking back upon my first week of breastfeeding, I almost cannot remember the toe-curling pain I experienced as my newborn son and I figured things out.  I am so thankful for my loved ones who encouraged and supported me through those days.  Though I never had a  I’m-going-to-throw-in-the-towel moment, it helped to know my circle understood how important successful breastfeeding was to me.  I remember … Continue reading Lessons Learned About Working and Pumping