Call for Board Members and Volunteers: Breastfeed Chicago is expanding our organization. We are seeking diverse, energetic, and skilled individuals to join our organization as board members and volunteers. The ideal candidate will be passionate about: equipping families, health professionals, and communities with tools for successful breastfeeding advocating for breastfeeding-friendly practices from businesses, employers, hospitals and health care providers working to erase disparities in breastfeeding … Continue reading Call for Board Members and Volunteers!
Request for proposals for board of directors consultant January 2019 Breastfeed Chicago is seeking proposals for a contract consultant who will support the board of directors during a time of leadership transition and organizational change. This position will last three months and will consist of three key project goals: Manage the new board member selection process, including vetting applications, arranging for interviews, and supporting the … Continue reading Breastfeed Chicago is looking for a non-profit consultant
Ah, autumn: it’s time to get out your coziest sweater, sip a new coffee flavor, and head back to campus. Breastfeed Chicago knows how important it is for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to have dedicated pumping locations on every college and university campus. That’s why we’ve reached out to every post-secondary school in the greater Chicagoland area in search of individual pumping locations. We … Continue reading Chicagoland College & University Lactation Room Location Guide
By Neve Spicer Breastfeeding is the most natural of all parenting practices. Yet, while this ancient rite is available to (almost) all mothers, not all mothers have an equal opportunity to make it work for them and their baby. At the beginning of August, the world celebrated World Breastfeeding Week. It was the perfect opportunity to change the ‘mommy war’ debate. After all, the big … Continue reading Parents: Unite to Fight Breastfeeding Inequality
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
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?
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
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
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?
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.