Navigating the Formula Shortage

Many worried parents are sharing their stories about searching for formula or human milk donations online. Some women are attempting to relactate. Others are sharing recipes for creating homemade formulas. Stockpiling of formula is reportedly exacerbating the situation. As an infant feeding expert, I can help you understand the current situation and navigate your options.…

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Milking the Cow: How the U.S. is Prioritizing Baby Food Makers Over Actual Babies

Featuring Guest Author Angel Mattes, Doula and Lactation Educator at Collective Strength Doula Services You may have heard the public outcry about breastfeeding and the Trump administration after The New York Times article that was published over the weekend. Evidently, a resolution was introduced at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in the “protection, promotion and support…

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Breastfeeding Gear

Nursing “Gear” Updated 11/17/20 If you’ve got a baby on the way, you are likely contributing to our economy with lots of ‘consumer activity’ aka ‘shopping’.   If you’re hoping to save some resources for, say, college, or maybe even to support your breastfeeding goals with the right professional support (like a postpartum doula or lactation…

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When to Call a Lactation Consultant

Updated 11/17/20 We encourage you to reach out to us or another Lactation Consultant if you experience any of the following situations: Your newborn is feeding less than 8 times in 24 hours, or more than 12 times in 24 hours. Your newborn takes more than 45 minutes to feed and/or does not seem satisfied…

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I Hate Breastfeeding! And Other Confessions from Nursing Moms

Updated 11/17/20 Be honest.  Sometimes we just don’t love the things we think we will love about being a mom-at least not all the time. In my work supporting women through the childbearing year, I believe that much of what we struggle with comes down to our expectations.  A long labor feels difficult because we…

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Is My Milk In?

It’s been a few days since you’ve given birth and you’re not exactly sure what day it is today. You’re acclimating to all kinds of new sensations:  feeling a little lighter, a little bit or very sore, and you have been getting accustomed to nursing your baby. If you’re like most new mothers, you’re probably…

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Best Bottle for a Breastfed Baby?

Bottle for the breastfed baby Birthways Chicago

My baby is exclusively breastfed, but I’d like her to take a bottle so that my partner and I can go out once in while. What bottle would be best for my otherwise breastfed baby? – Jayne M., Chicago Breastfeeding is very much an “infant-led” process. Baby tells us when she is hungry by giving…

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