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

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

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

App Review: Breastfeeding Solutions by Nancy Mohrbacher

Am I pumping enough milk?  What if my baby bites me?  I’m struggling with latching.   How do I begin the weaning process?  I’m exhausted from nighttime nursing.  My baby won’t take one breast.  My older baby wakes up often at night.  Does he still need to be breastfed?  Is my baby gaining enough weight? It’s totally normal that breastfeeding comes with questions, and these common questions deserve … Continue reading App Review: Breastfeeding Solutions by Nancy Mohrbacher

Three MORE Life Lessons for Breastfeeding Mothers

by Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC Last month I wrote a blog post for Breastfeed Chicago.  The title was “Three Life Lessons for Breastfeeding Mothers.”  Writing that article brought me in touch with some of the things I had learned but had never thought to express.  My years of focusing totally on being a mother, following what we then called “La Leche League philosophy,”  was … Continue reading Three MORE Life Lessons for Breastfeeding Mothers

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…)

Entertaining Older Siblings with a Breastfeeding Newborn in the House

We just had our third child in September. Unlike when we had our second, I didn’t have as many worries this time around about how I would care for, feed, entertain and love all the kids at the same time. I had practice and experience about how this was going to work. However, for some parents, having a second baby can be just as daunting … Continue reading Entertaining Older Siblings with a Breastfeeding Newborn in the House

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