Pumping at Work? Understand Your Rights.

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.

Why it is 100% necessary to put YOURSELF first when suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder! By: Sarah Cline, LCSW

  I have talked to so many new or expecting mothers who know something is wrong. They know their emotions feel out of control and they don’t feel like themselves. They have high expectations of themselves and they struggle to understand why they are suffering. They think it will pass eventually and if they can just persevere it will go away. They are hard on … Continue reading Why it is 100% necessary to put YOURSELF first when suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder! By: Sarah Cline, LCSW

All I Want for Christmas is My Reimbursement

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

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

5 Things Your Best Friend Would Tell You About Breastfeeding

“Best friends are masters at one thing: telling it like it is. If you are lucky enough to have someone like this in your life then they can be your biggest supporter and critic at the same time. Your best friend is the first phone call when you need to process. Your best friend is a fan of everything you do, even when everyone else … Continue reading 5 Things Your Best Friend Would Tell You About Breastfeeding

The Anatomy of an Anti-Breastfeeding Article

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

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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!”