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

Why I Practice Extended Breastfeeding

Editor’s Note: Lately there have been a lot of questions about the how’s and why’s of extended breastfeeding. In the US, “extended breastfeeding” generally means breastfeeding past a year. Here at Breastfeed, Chicago!, we recognize that mommyhood is not a race, and there is no such thing as the perfect length of time to breastfeed – every mother/child pair is different. Christine does an excellent … Continue reading Why I Practice Extended Breastfeeding

Two Breasts for Two Babies, Part Two: My Experience Nursing Twins to 22 Months

Nursing Two Babies When You Are Home Alone:  One Step at a Time There is the rule never to wake a sleeping baby.  Then there is the guideline to feed your multiple babies at the same time.  Clearly, these are contradictory.  I wouldn’t always wake my twin girls.  I couldn’t bring myself to do it if one was learning to sleep longer stretches.  So I … Continue reading Two Breasts for Two Babies, Part Two: My Experience Nursing Twins to 22 Months

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

Breastfeeding During the Holidays

Let’s be honest.  While winter can bring lots of joy and extra snuggles with our nurslings, the holidays can also be a difficult time in our breastfeeding journey. You’ll definitely be busier than usual – shopping, cooking, cleaning, attending worship services and holiday gatherings.  You may have houseguests for several days — or even weeks.  You might be traveling and living in someone else’s (un-child-proofed) … Continue reading Breastfeeding During the Holidays

Our Unexpected Journey: How I become one of those “toddler nursing moms”

I always planned to breastfeed my children.  I remember my mom nursing my brothers.  It seemed the logical choice. It was cheap and easy.  But, I didn’t go into nursing with a real plan.  I figured I would nurse at least until my daughter needed solids and go from there.  Then I did some research and learned that the recommendation was to nurse for a … Continue reading Our Unexpected Journey: How I become one of those “toddler nursing moms”

You know you’re a breastfeeding mom when…

Hi! Welcome to the Breastfeed, Chicago! blog! I am going to assume that if you are here, it is because you are someone who breastfeeds your child or is interested in breastfeeding.  Who knows, maybe you just typed “breasts AND Chicago” into Google and ended up here. In any case, this is a fantastic blog to support breastfeeding in our city. If you are like … Continue reading You know you’re a breastfeeding mom when…