Board Member Spotlight: Maria’s Ten Breastfeeding Truths

Maria Briseño is a Breastfeed Chicago board member with an extensive background in community health and lactation support. Currently, Maria is a Preventive Care Navigator for the Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. Previously she worked as a Lactation Counselor for the Health Consortium of Illinois’ Healthy Start Program. She is a La Leche League International Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Program Administrator, and has training … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight: Maria’s Ten Breastfeeding Truths

Pumping: How Many Ounces of Breastmilk Will Baby Drink While I’m Gone?

Q: How much milk will my baby drink while I am gone? Your baby will likely need between nine and 14 ounces for an eight-hour workday with reasonable commute time. Research on breastfeeding babies has shown they eat 24-32 ounces per 24 hours, which translates to 1 to 1.5 ounces per hour. Using these numbers as a guide, multiply the number of hours you’ll be … Continue reading Pumping: How Many Ounces of Breastmilk Will Baby Drink While I’m Gone?

Choosing a Bottle & What to Do If Your Baby Refuses It

Q: Bottles are hard to choose! How do I select the “right” one? and Q: My baby won’t take a bottle! What do I do? Did I wait too long to try one out? Bottle feeding and breastfeeding require very different skills from your baby. Learning to feed from the breast and the bottle are very different processes and both require patience. Some babies are … Continue reading Choosing a Bottle & What to Do If Your Baby Refuses It

How to Store Pumped Breast Milk at Work

Q: Where do I store my milk while I am at work? The answer to this question will vary depending on the conversation you had about pumping accommodations with your employer (see question 2). Your employer may offer a communal refrigerator or a mini-fridge to store your milk in. If no fridge is available, a cooler or soft-sided storage device with ice packs can keep … Continue reading How to Store Pumped Breast Milk at Work

Do I have to wash my pump parts every time I use them at work?

Q: Do I have to wash my pump parts every time I use them at work? If you have the time and space to do so, absolutely wash pump parts between uses. If you don’t have the ability to wash pump parts while at work, it’s worth investing in a second set of flanges. Bring both sets to work and wash them when you get … Continue reading Do I have to wash my pump parts every time I use them at work?

Worried You’re Not Pumping Enough for Your Baby? Try These Tips.

Q: Help! I don’t think I’m pumping enough! How do I pump more milk? Read over our answer to question five to be sure you’re not dealing with a caregiver overfeeding issue first! If your caregiver is paced feeding, and your baby is drinking 1 to 1.5 ounces per hour away from you, but you’re pumping output isn’t keeping up with baby, remember that you’re not … Continue reading Worried You’re Not Pumping Enough for Your Baby? Try These Tips.

Can I Stop Pumping When My Baby Turns One?

Q: I’ve been back to work for a while now, and my baby is over a year old. Can I stop pumping at work? If so, how do I do it without getting clogged ducts or mastitis? Heather McMackin, one of the wonderful moderators of the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook parent support group, wrote a helpful blog entry about how ditch the pump at work! She … Continue reading Can I Stop Pumping When My Baby Turns One?

Holiday Breastfeeding Questions Answered!

The holiday season can bring with it unique breastfeeding questions and challenges. Breastfeed Chicago is here to help with a handy guide to help you and your nursling stay healthy and happy throughout this busy season! Our five-part series tackles the most frequently asked questions during the holiday season. Click on a question to see our answer or scroll down to start the series. “What is … Continue reading Holiday Breastfeeding Questions Answered!

Can’t You Do That Somewhere Else?

Breastfeeding parents nurse in public all the time, and most never have any issues. Recently, however, a Chicago mom was asked by a restaurant staff member to “do that somewhere else.” “That” was breastfeeding, and “somewhere else” was a bathroom, a dim corner, or (presumably) a cave. Hello, Dark Ages? Can you hang up now? We are soooo done with you. A couple reminders about breastfeeding in … Continue reading Can’t You Do That Somewhere Else?

Ayudenos a celebrar la Semana Mundial de la Lactancia Materna en Chicago

La Semana Mundial de la Lactancia Materna, una celebración global de las madres lactantes y las personas que las apoyan, es del 1 de agosto hasta el 7 de agosto este año. Queremos su ayuda y queremos que esta semana sea especial para las madres de Chicago y sus hijos. Somos Breastfeed Chicago, una organización sin fines de lucro con 22.000 seguidores. Nuestra organización fue … Continue reading Ayudenos a celebrar la Semana Mundial de la Lactancia Materna en Chicago