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.
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?
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!