Bridging the Divide Between Breastfeeding Mothers and Their Doctors

I am on the phone with the pediatrician again.  Not my regular one – she is on maternity leave – but another doctor from her group.  It has been a long last couple of weeks for me and my 13-month-old son.  He’s had a persistent, reoccurring ear infection and has been prescribed a very powerful antibiotic, since the more mild antibiotics he was prescribed a … Continue reading Bridging the Divide Between Breastfeeding Mothers and Their Doctors

Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition’s “When is Enough Enough?” Conference Notes

The Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (an awesome group of ladies, I must say) hosted their annual breastfeeding conference at Illinois Masonic this past Saturday, October 1. The theme of the conference was “When is Enough Enough? Milk Supply, Mom’s Nutrition, Social Networking.” The audience was an amalgam of moms, lactation consultants, peer counselors, nurses, doctors, and doulas. Here are some highlights from the conference that … Continue reading Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition’s “When is Enough Enough?” Conference Notes

Worries About Foremilk and Hindmilk

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, BFUSA Breastfeeding Counselor, Mundelein, Illinois A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.  This has never been so true as our perception of foremilk and hindmilk and their impact on breastfeeding.  The misunderstandings about these concepts have caused anxiety, upset, and even led to breastfeeding problems and premature weaning. My 2003 edition of The Breastfeeding Answer Book, a book written … Continue reading Worries About Foremilk and Hindmilk

Adventures in NICU Nursing

Being pregnant is an interesting experience.  There is so much planning and research and care that goes into it, but so little of it is actually in your control. When I had my first, nothing was planned- I was on birth control, in fact! Obviously, it did not work.   When I started bleeding at 30 weeks, I did not have a car seat, a name, … Continue reading Adventures in NICU Nursing

Seek Help

Breastfeeding my first child was extremely important to me. Not only for the health benefits of it and the bonding/closeness breastfeeding brings you to your baby, but because it would prove to me that my body works. See, we had issues getting pregnant. We tried for a couple of years and eventually had to seek help from a fertility specialist. We did conceive, but it … Continue reading Seek Help