Breastfeeding from a Dad’s Perspective

We hear all the time about how great the dads in our lives are, but this is the first time we’ve had a dad on a blog post! What were we thinking??? Partners who support breastfeeding not only make Mom’s life easier, they ensure the very best nutrition for their little one and a lifetime of better health. (Thanks to Giovanni for being our inaugural … Continue reading Breastfeeding from a Dad’s Perspective

10 Ways Breastfeeding and Sex are Similar

10 WAYS BREASTFEEDING AND SEX ARE SIMILAR….say, what?!?! 10. You get very little practical guidance from your mother about how to do it properly. 9. It is not enjoyable in the beginning. 8. In fact, it is usually painful which makes you happy that it doesn’t last long. 7. You should probably take a class or have a conversation with an expert before your first time. 6. … Continue reading 10 Ways Breastfeeding and Sex are Similar

ADVOCACY UPDATE: Sign on to tell IL Dept of Insurance that insurance companies are violating ACA

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

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! “Let’s Make It Work!”

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! “Let’s Make It Work!” (originally posted in and shared with permission from Mesa Birth) August 3, 2015 You might have seen a lot of posts of photos of nursing moms celebrating World Breastfeeding Week — but what the heck is it? World Breastfeeding Week has been around since 1991 when WABA (the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) organized the event as “one … Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week! “Let’s Make It Work!”

I AM enough

I am enough. I fell for Brené almost immediately. Granted, I watched her TED lecture on vulnerability when I was an emotionally raw new mother. But I remember being smitten immediately when I heard her talk about holding our perfect little babies and telling them “you know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” And when I … Continue reading I AM enough

Life Lessons for Young Mothers: Lesson One

Dear Young Mother,   It is wisely written: “All you have to offer anyone, ever, is your own state of being.”—Ram Dass As a young mother, you learn and re-learn this one every single day. You find out that taking good care of yourself is the same as taking care of your children. If you are coming from a place of weariness, discouragement and depletion, … Continue reading Life Lessons for Young Mothers: Lesson One

Navigating Nursing in Public in the Chicagoland Area (or anywhere)

Nursing in Public (NIP) – for some breastfeeding moms this comes easily, for others this idea makes some extremely nervous. Usually, but not always, it’s the first-time mama or first-time breastfeeding mama who is worried about breastfeeding her babe outside of the home. What it boils down to are two things. One, lack of practice of nursing in public. And two, lack of confidence. I’ve … Continue reading Navigating Nursing in Public in the Chicagoland Area (or anywhere)

16 Things You Can Do While Breastfeeding

Someone who would like to talk you out of breastfeeding might whine, “Oh, but breastfeeding takes so much time!”  And preparing bottles doesn’t? In the first place, our society places too much importance on getting volumes and masses of things done, as if that is how we prove our worth.  Yes, breastfeeding takes time.  So does paying attention to a child.  So does lovingly raising a … Continue reading 16 Things You Can Do While Breastfeeding

You know you’re a breastfeeding mom when…

Hi! Welcome to the Breastfeed, Chicago! blog! I am going to assume that if you are here, it is because you are someone who breastfeeds your child or is interested in breastfeeding.  Who knows, maybe you just typed “breasts AND Chicago” into Google and ended up here. In any case, this is a fantastic blog to support breastfeeding in our city. If you are like … Continue reading You know you’re a breastfeeding mom when…