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?
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
We are SO CLOSE to meeting our goal of raising $10,000 to hire our first staff member! May 2016 is our 5th anniversary (go us!), and we are looking for organizations, individuals and businesses to sponsor our final fundraising push. What do you mean “sponsor?” We mean we want you to put up an amount of money you are comfortable giving to the organization as a … Continue reading Sponsor Breastfeed Chicago’s May Fundraiser!
Confused about your pumping rights in the workplace? Fear not! Breastfeed Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois teamed up to bring you this handy webinar to walk you through the laws that protect your right to pump at work! Note: Effective 7/1/2018, the IL Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act was amended to require parents be paid for their break time. This webinar … Continue reading Webinar: Pumping in the Workplace – Your Rights in Illinois
Join ACLU-IL and Breastfeed Chicago for a lunchtime webinar outlining your rights to pump during the workday. The presentation will include an explanation of state and federal laws relating to pumping in the workplace, including the Illinois Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Affordable Care Act. We will also discuss strategies for talking with your employer about pumping … Continue reading Pumping at Work? Understand Your Rights.
Breastfeeding is hard work. And sometimes we need help! Prior to joining Breastfeed Chicago I had no idea what a lactation consultant was, let alone an IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. So when my little week-old Ruby was leaving me cringing at every hour-long feeding (I’ll spare the gory details), and still not gaining any weight, I was so thankful to be a … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is My Reimbursement
Over 17,000 individuals have connected to Breastfeed Chicago through our highly active Facebook group. It was through this group, as far back as 2012, that we first started hearing about problems with the way insurance companies were reimbursing for the comprehensive breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling that were part of the ACA’s expansion of Women’s Preventative Services. We continue to hear about those issues 3 … Continue reading ADVOCACY UPDATE: Sign on to tell IL Dept of Insurance that insurance companies are violating ACA
The moment I see the article pop up on my newsfeed, my heart stops a little. My blood pressure rises. My heartbeat quickens. The anti-breastfeeding article. You’ve seen them. Some of you have shared them. There may be one flaming up the feeds this week. Whether they’re written by journalists or moms or so-called “experts,” they can be really confusing. They try to turn everything … Continue reading The Anatomy of an Anti-Breastfeeding Article
Maybe. Did you know that the Affordable Care Act requires non-grandfathered insurance plans to cover lactation services and pumps? Yup. Awesome, right? Problem is, some insurance companies are not following either the spirit or letter of the law. Great news, the smart, savvy ladies over at Breastfeed Chicago have been working on this issue for a while, and we’ve got a whole mess of info … Continue reading Is Your Insurance Company Failing You?