Board Member Spotlight: Telika’s Story

Telika Howard is no stranger to breastfeeding education and support. As a doula, mother of seven breastfed children, Breastfeed Chicago Board member, community educator, and Certified Lactation Counselor, she has deep personal and professional knowledge about the unique successes and challenges that arise in each breastfeeding relationship. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Telika lived in Memphis, Tennessee and Denver, Colorado before returning to Chicago … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight: Telika’s Story

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…)

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

Two Breasts for Two Babies, Part One: Breastfeeding Newborn Twins

Can You Breastfeed Twins?:  YES! So all of a sudden you have these two babies out of your womb and you are responsible for their nourishment.  Sure you tried to prepare, but you really can’t ever be ready for the craziness that now is your life.  Can you even breastfeed them? Will your body produce enough?  Will you be able to keep up physically and … Continue reading Two Breasts for Two Babies, Part One: Breastfeeding Newborn Twins