The Skinny on Breastfeeding

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Everyone’s pregnancy, birthing and parenting journey is different & part of that includes the decision of how to feed your newborn.  Every family needs to make this decision on their own & there is no wrong choice.

For those expectant or new parents who decide to breastfeed, we are proud to partner with our Resident Experts, the Lactation Partners, to always bring our community the best resources, expertise and advice on the topic of breastfeeding.

Keep scrolling to get the skinny from them on everything breastfeeding-related, including some top tips and support suggestions, and to learn more about these Lactation experts.

What can new parents expect on their breastfeeding journey?

Learn more about our BCB Resident Experts, The Lactation Partners: Liz, Judy & Joan

Liz:

Family/Work Life:

Do you have kid(s) and if so, what are their ages? 2 boys, 8.5y & 10.5y

If you do have kids, how do you juggle work life with family life?  What are your top “pro” tips?

  • Lots of help and a supportive partner. I don’t try and do everything for everybody. I try to be honest about my limits, esp when I do take on a lot of commitments.
  • Encouraging my boys to do for themselves, teaching independence at the same time

What’s your best professional or personal “parent-hack” you think others could benefit from?

  • I text myself daily reminders and create weekly lists in my notes(phone) to prioritize what I need to get done personally, professionally, volunteer projects and for the kids. Then when I have a lot happening at the same time, I can look to see what needs to happen first.

Favorite part about living in the Chicagoland area?  Any secret gems to share?

  • The ease of suburbs to city. Most people don’t love to commute, but I like that I get the laid back peacefulness of my home in the burbs and still can experience great food and city vibe a few days a week
  • Big Star for tacos. Girl and the Goat for veggies/wine. Bombobar-donut infusions

What are 5 things that you could not “parent” without? 

  • Husband and mom
  • Caffeine
  • Amazon prime
  • Door Dash
  • Flexible schedule for myself and husband

What is one piece of advice for new parents that you would like to share?

  • Be patient with yourselves and your newborn. You are all learning, it’s ok to slow down.

Judy:

Kids: I have 3 sons, ages 27, 24, and 17

Hacks: Division of labor with my husband, support of good friends, we rescue one another as needed.  Always juggling, having a running text to myself at all times of my to-do list that’s ever-changing, cook a lot on days off so food to grab on busy days, post it notes on my kitchen cabinets with things to do as well:)

Favorite Things to do in Chicago: I love Chicago, the lakefront, the restaurants, the fact that the city is a grid and so logically laid out, the live music, the seasons except winter:)

Secret Gems in Chicagoland area: Space in Evanston small venue to hear music, Victory’s Banner for breakfast in Roscoe Village

5 things I couldn’t parent w/out: My husband, my brother/SIL, my yoga practice, breakfast for dinner ritual, my women friends

Best Advice: Parenting is humbling; the ultimate lesson is that we do not have control, surrender to the flow and enjoy the ride-BE PRESENT

Joan:

Do you have kid(s) and if so, what are their ages? I have 2 boys (ages 23 & 19) and 2 girls (ages 21 & 17)

If you do have kids, how do you juggle work life with family life?  What are your top “pro” tips? As I have gotten older (and hopefully a little wiser) I try not to over-commit myself; really consider your priorities and say “yes” to only those commitments that bring you fulfillment; remember that your partner and children need you the most; balancing family/work/and outside commitments will always be challenging, so do your best to navigate your individual situation and remain flexible in how you manage day to day life. Accept help; allow your partner to help you, even if it’s not exactly the way you would do something; a good carpool is a must!

What’s your best professional or personal “parent-hack” you think others could benefit from? My husband and I sit down at a quiet table at least once every couple of weeks, and look at our calendars together; we map out what our individual schedules look like, what events our children (individually) have coming up, and what events or commitments our family unit has on the horizon. It really helps to keep us in tune, and on the same page.

Favorite part about living in the Chicagoland area?  Any secret gems to share? I love the diversity that Chicago has to offer. Whether it’s the zoo, museums, the Arts, the lakefront, sporting events, or the best food around, there is always something to do with your kiddos (at all ages). Take advantage of it all, and expose your children to all this great city has to offer!

What are 5 things that you could not “parent” without?  My husband; supportive girlfriends; my spiritual home; (back in the day) carpools; Starbucks

What is one piece of advice for new parents that you would like to share? Trust yourself – listen to your inner voice, it’s the Universe speaking to you. And, above all else, base your parenting decisions in love.

Find more about the Lactation Partners here: lactationpartners@gmail.com twitter @LactationP www.lactationpartners.com insta: lactationpartners

If you’re in Chicago, join us at our next Expectant Parent Dinner 1/15: Girlfriends Guide to Breastfeeding with our BCB Resident Experts Lactation Partners! Hear what to expect from your first day, week and months as you begin breastfeeding. Ask all your questions & go home with the best tools for a successful breastfeeding plan. Register to join us here. Everyone will go home with an awesome gift bag and the chance to win prizes from many of our partners including CAR SEATS AND STROLLERS from some of the best brands!!!

Also be sure to check out our ongoing events in your area here— playdates, workouts, Expectant Parent Dinners, Gearapaloozas, + more!