Breastfeeding Round Up

Did you know that August is breastfeeding awareness month? No? Well, boobs feed babies – now we’re all aware.

I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate with breastfeeding awareness. On one hand I think it’s fantastic that there’s a whole moment that encourages and supports women that choose to breastfeed. There needs to be more. More support when it’s hard and shitty. More people that stand up to corporations or douches at the mall who still can’t seem to separate feeding an infant from a sexual display. More acceptance from generations who were told formula was the sensible way to feed a baby and that breastfeeding was for poor people.

On the other hand, we always need to remember that not everyone chooses to breastfeed or can breastfeed. This is where I think some people forget who their audience is when they are screaming breast is best from the tallest tower and hand out pamphlets saying babies that aren’t breastfed won’t be as smart, or will be fat, or will grow a tail, all because they were fed formula. It really doesn’t help. It just makes people feel shitty, defensive and inferior and I don’t think that’s the kind of awareness we want to spread.

So in honour of breastfeeding month I’ve pulled together some killer baby feeding posts, articles, tips and the rest of it.

Let’s talk tits!


I thought this article on Huffington Post called Milk Drunk was just outstanding.

Kim Simon writes about her struggle with having to formula feed her first child, then the desperate desire to try again the second time around.

There are many articles out there where women overcome the challenges that can come with breastfeeding, but I find a lot of them don’t look back.

Kim just *gets it*.


Here’s a handy little site called,

Under the new Affordable Healthcare Act, most companies will cover the cost of a breast pump. Of course as soon as you say “insurance” you know that crap is going to be complicated, so these guys let you pick out the pump you want and they fill out all the paperwork.

It works out for them because they are getting paid by the insurance companies and you are getting the pump of your choice – all without the headache of figuring out all the red tape that comes with getting one through insurance.

It’s like a service they provide for shopping at their store except it doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Smart idea.



Nursing the Baby, Lilla Cabot Perry, c. 1906. Pastel on paper.

Nursing the Baby, Lilla Cabot Perry, c. 1906. Pastel on paper.

I always love when people get their knickers in a knot about breastfeeding in public and that it’s obscene somehow.

Up until recently it was the only way to feed a baby. If you couldn’t breastfeed your baby, or pay someone to do it, your baby probably didn’t live – that’s why formula was such an unbelievable and important breakthrough. Back then, breastfeeding a baby was pretty common place and boobs weren’t as much of a big deal. Frankly, ankles got more gasps.

That’s why I just love this Pinterest board of Period Breastfeeding Images.

It makes for a good reminder that not that long ago – just like organic food was just considered “food” – breastfeeding your baby was just considered “feeding”.



If you haven’t already seen this spoken word video from Hollie McNish on YouTube, you should really check it out.

It’s all about the realization that feeding a baby sitting on the toilet is crazy and that we are surrounded by images of breasts every single day.

She has a way with words I tell ya.




This guy, Matt Walsh,  gets a slow, standing clap from me with this article, We must stop these crazed half naked psychopaths from feeding their children in front of other people!

” What the hell is wrong with us? We’ve made porn into a billion dollar industry, we put sex into everything from fast food advertisements to family TV shows, we allow our daughters to idolize teenage pop stars who dress like hookers and sing about fornication; we are a culture that is permissive, hyper sexual and overtly hedonistic, yet, in spite of all of this, BREASTFEEDING is somehow offensive to us. We suffer from a special brand of insanity, so unique that it needs its own name: Progressive Puritanism. For the most part we carry on like we’re living in Sodom or Gomorrah, but if someone goes really crazy and decides to feed their child in sight of other humans, all of the sudden we turn into Victorian prudes. It doesn’t make any sense.”

After reading this article I want to give an air punch like Judd Nelson at the end of the Breakfast Club.



I found this really interesting article on Birthing Without Fear about a little known condition called Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex or D-MER.

It’s when you get a wave of negative feelings and emotions just as your milk lets down then dissipates.

I had no idea a condition like this even existed so I can’t imaging how unnerving it must be if you’re going though it.

As with most things, knowing that it’s a *thing* really helps.

Figured it was worth a heads-up.




Another thing that I wasn’t aware of was re-lactation until some of you started asking about it on the Ask the Chicks board.

Turns out that it’s actually possible to kick start your milk production after the taps have been turned off which I find both cool and amazing.

You can check out the whole article on the Leaky Boob.



Yep, this totally sums it up for me.


How many 3am feedings did I wish this could hppen?


I wanted to give a shout out to some amazing sites that are such a great resource for getting babies fed.

The Leaky Boob:  SITE  |  FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER

Kelly Mom:   SITE  |  FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER

Fearless Formula Feeder:  SITE  |  FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER

La Leche League:  SITE SITE

I also wanted to remind you about the Ask the Chicks board and archives. Breastfeeding questions are the number one questions asked on the board (sleep being number two) and there are some amazing answers from women going though the exact same things you are, so check it out.



Holy Hanna Montana, how in the hell did I not know about this video?! Thanks, Jeni for giving me the heads up.

As always, pass along anything you’ve found helpful!

Viva la boob!

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  • Great post. I struggled with breast feeding our first week and my son wouldn’t latch and he was starving. . So now 13 weeks later and two rounds of mastitis we are still pumping and growing strong! I have been criticized by other mothers around my age (26) and elderly men that I should be breast feeding. Then I explain that the milk in the bottle is breast milk. I still get the comment, just whip it out and feed him… Only if it was that easy for us.. I am glad to know a lot of people struggle and so many are pro pumping too!

  • Love this post! Especially the Kim Simon article.

    So, I went to and filled out all my information. Every pump they offered was going to cost more out of pocket to order through them than to just pay retail and buy it at Amazon or elsewhere. While the price was discounted, it seemed like the "retail" price they discount from was extraordinarily high. I suppose it could be the limitations of my own insurance, but that just means I have to jump through their hoops instead.

    Has anyone else tried it with a better outcome?

  • One of the biggest hurdles for breast feeding mothers is often their jobs. When I had my first, we struggled with nursing and I fought with HR to make sure there was a place I could pump that was not the bathroom. When I was pregnant with my second, my company was moving offices and I put in a formal request for a dedicated space for lactating mothers. I got the idea (and a letter template) from the book Nursing Mother, Working Mother by Gayle Pryor. It turns out that many states require just such a space. When #2 arrived, there was a spot in the office for us moms with a fridge, desk, phone and a door that locked. I’m proud to say that at one point I know there were four moms using it each day. It didn’t keep me from having to supplement with formula for baby #1 or reverse cycle feeding with baby #2, but not backing down and knowing how to plan my time allowed me to nurse each of my kids as long as I wanted. I passed on the book to a co-worker who was nervous about what would happen when she returned to work, and she passed it on to another new mom with the same concerns.

  • It is because society has sexualized the boob that people feel so uncomfortable with seeing breastfeeding. It just seems odd to those who see breasts as nothing more than sex toys, to see an infant or baby feeding from it. How do you associate sex with boobs if a baby is hanging off the nipple?
    Society’s values are SCREWED UP. It is time to retrain the brain to look at the breast for what it is meant for…nourishment first.
    I often wonder if chimpanzees or lions (Or any other animal that feeds its young) gets grossed out from their child or neighbor’s child being fed?

  • I think we’re plenty aware that breastfeeding is advantageous. It seems like we need more awareness about how to be successful. A huge number of women leave the hospital intending to breastfeed but a teeny percentage of them are still doing it 6 months later. It’s the How not the Why.

  • It is good news if breastfeeding is on the rise. I know many women could not breast feed due to problems in the production of breast milk. Is it related to lifestyle?

    The pics are real funny 😉

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  • You are awesome. Thank you for being awesome and posting awesome links about breast feeding. Seriously, made my day/week.

  • I’m expecting my first/only in November, I am planning to breastfeed, and I am all about awareness/support. My anxiety surrounds how to handle the people whom I can foresee not understanding that it might be something I want to do in private. (Long story; suffice it to say there are a lot of people in my life who have boundary issues.)

    I totally agree that it’s not obscene and that women who choose to breastfeed in public should not be shamed or ostracized. But by the same token, I’m not some freak if I want a little privacy while I’m doing it, or if I don’t feel like discussing my boobs with people who are passing acquaintances.

    Any advice on how to deal is greatly appreciated!

  • I totally had D-MER last time around. I found out what it was on Kellymom and just knowing it was A Thing helped a lot. It dissipated over time – women with D-MER usually have oversupply issues (although oversupply ≠ D-MER). But it’s totally freaky. Thanks for spreading the word. None of my midwives, doula friends, or LC friends had heard of it.

  • Holy crap. For the last couple weeks, I’ve been experiencing this intense feeling of panic right at let down, even when I am otherwise completely relaxed. It goes away instantly but it was weird and I couldn’t explain it. You’re right. It totally helps to know it’s a "thing." Thanks.

  • Thank you so much for posting. My husband & I are expecting our first baby in November and I have chosen to try my hardest to breastfeed 🙂 We just took a prenatal breastfeeding class at the hospital this past week and I left feeling a little overwhelmed and awkward. It’s just nice to hear another mom (and others) say that breastfeeding is NORMAL and people who think it’s weird or "obscene" have misshapen views. I especially like the quote from Matt Walsh. I know that even if breastfeeding doesn’t work out, we’re lucky enough to live in a time where our baby can get his necessary nutrients from formula. Thanks again!

  • I listened to the "Teach Me How to Breastfeed" music video, and my six-week-old stopped crying. I’d say that’s golden…

  • I love this post! I completely understand the love/hate relationship with breastfeeding awareness. I have no problem with a mother breastfeeding in public and did it often myself. I become irked when woman have to be in yoga poses and are posting these photos like its real life that all of us moms are standing on our head and breastfeeding. I think it creates an additional pressure for women who may be struggling just to get a baby to eat or just want to have a sense of normalcy to not only breastfeed, but to be superwoman while you are doing it. No matter what works for you to feed your baby, formula or breast you ALREADY ARE A SUPERWOMAN!

  • Fabulous post! What really helped me, especially as a working and pumping mom, was reading in several resources – most significantly for me, at and in Dr. Oz’s book You Having a Baby – that breastfeeding doesn’t have to be all or nothing. And that formula is perfectly healthy for babies. During times when I got sick and the freezer supply dwindled, that saved my sanity. And when my baby started to really prefer the sippy cup over the boob at around 10 months, I didn’t feel like I had to hang myself because I didn’t breastfeed my baby for a full 12 months.

    It also helps to know that breastfeeding can be hard. For everyone. And that it’s ok for it to be hard, you just keep it up and it gets easier. After all, something you do repeatedly every day for weeks on end has to get easier simply due to constant practice, right?

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