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…)

Enlightenment and Healing

Nine years ago my son was born. Nine weeks premature and weighing just over three pounds, I was thrown into the world of NICUs, breast pumps, and doctor visits. When my pregnancy came to an end, my grieving began. I didn’t realize it as grieving right away—I was far too numb from the whole experience to have any true concept of what I was going … Continue reading Enlightenment and Healing

Our Favorite Breastfeeding Advice

This week’s post is all about our members. Members of our Facebook group were asked how long they’ve been breastfeeding and their favorite words of wisdom. We want to emphasize that there is no “right” length of time to breastfeed your baby – everyone takes their own journey, but every journey is a lot more fun when you have supportive and encouraging people around you. … Continue reading Our Favorite Breastfeeding Advice

No More Failure Stories: Karaleigh’s story

Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a series we’re calling “No More Failure Stories.” We know that mom-to-mom support is one of the most important ways we can ensure that other moms continue to breastfeed, despite setbacks and difficulties. We hope that Karaleigh’s story will help you to remember a time when someone helped you get over a hurdle. Whether or not we … Continue reading No More Failure Stories: Karaleigh’s story

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

Different Babies, Different Styles

I was talking to a friend recently about her pregnancy that wasn’t going as she had hoped, and we started getting into my postpartum experiences: three babies, three different births, three totally different nursing stories. The more I learn about my kids, the more I’m convinced that every baby has their own path, and we just need to do our very best to keep up. … Continue reading Different Babies, Different Styles