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2013 World Breastfeeding Week – August 1-7


On July 27, 1997 I delivered my first baby. I was determined to breastfeed, I read everything I could get my hands on and I thought I was prepared. I assumed it would be easy and come naturally, but little did I know, I would have such a struggle.

I only breastfed my son for a little over two months.

I failed and I didn’t know why. All I knew was I tried and tried and it hurt. I had cracked nipples, I bled. It hurt so bad and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. So I quit.

My second baby came in late 1998 and I had the exact same experience. I only breastfed her for 6 weeks… and I quit.

My third baby came in 2000 and I was determined to make breastfeeding work. I continued reading over those 3 years and was sure this time I could make it… and I did. I breastfed for an entire year and I loved it, however those first few months were not easy. I wished I could go back and try my breastfeeding experience over with my first two babies.

Breastfeeding just does not come as easy for some people as it does for others and I do not know why.


I successfully breastfed my 3rd, 4th and 5th babies for an entire year. In fact, my Baby Jack is over 13 months now and I am still exclusively breastfeeding him. Was it easy? No. Even though I succeeded with these three, it was still a struggle in the beginning. It takes me almost 3 months to be able to breastfeed with no pain. I have no idea why, but it hurts so bad in the beginning. It takes my nipples that long to finally toughen up. I have figured out through trial and error – if I can just make it to that 3 month mark, it will be a breeze after that and I will love it.

2013 World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding Support

I wish I had support when I was a new mom because I think I would have successfully breastfed my first two. Only 57% of mothers start breastfeeding and of those 57%, only 20% are still breastfeeding after 6 months. This saddens me and makes me wonder if it’s because of the lack of support. This is why I strongly believe that breastfeeding women need to support each other on a daily basis and why I’m so excited to be part of The Big Latch On for World Breastfeeding Week this year. (I wish I would have known about this last year!)

World Breastfeeding Week and the Big Latch On

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1st through August 7th in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and states, “The key to best breastfeeding practices is continued day-to-day support for the breastfeeding mother within her home and community.”

The Big Latch On was started by Women’s Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week. Each year, they have seen a growth in the numbers of breastfeeding women attending and an increase in the support for breastfeeding in public.

I wish I would have had these resources back in 1997 and 1998 with my first two babies. I know I would have succeeded on my breastfeeding journey. As the Big Latch On puts it, “Successful Breastfeeding requires Support from Family, Friends & Communities” and truly believe that makes all the difference in the world!

The Big Latch On in Chicago, IL

I am looking forward to the Big Latch On in Chicago. I will be meeting with other Chicagoland moms at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club at 5480 S Kenwood Ave  Chicago, IL 60615 on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

If you’d like to see if your area is hosting the Big Latch On, be sure to check out all the locations – there’s so many! I’m dying to find out if we will set a record for the most moms breastfeeding at once! I also can’t wait to meet new friends and I’m kind of excited to see Abby from The Badass Breastfeeder too. (I know, I’m a dork).

The Event Details

  • 9:00-9:45 – Join The Badass Breastfeeder, Abby Theuring, for a workshop on the tips for NIP.
  • 10:00-10:45 – The Big Latch On! Join moms across the world latch their babies at the same time to set a world record! (can you tell how excited I am?!?)
  • 10:00-10:45 – Community organizer Holly Krig and Breastfeed Chicago’s Rebecca Jackson-Artis will present a session on breastfeeding as a social and economic right.
  • 11:00-11:45 – Join Babywearing International of Chicagoland to learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding easily, quickly, discreetly, and maybe even hands-free while using a variety of baby wraps, slings, and carriers.
  • 11:00-11:45 – Dr. Krystal Revai, MD, MPH and Illinois Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator of the American Academy of Pediatrics will speak on what a true breastfeeding-friendly doctor should know and how to advocate for yourself and your baby with your doctor.

Fun for the Entire Family

  • Mom & Baby yoga demo
  • Interactive advocacy activities
  • Family-friendly vendors
  • Interactive activities for older children
  • Birth & breastfeeding support organizations
  • Door prizes, raffles & giveaways

Will You Be Attending The Big Latch On in your Area?

2013 World Breastfeeding Week



  1. What a wonderful event. I love that there is such a huge community of women ready to support each other through this. Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Wonderful post, you know there is no easy way in parenting no matter what our choices are. What I love is that you tried and tried until breastfeeding begun to work for you. Hold your head high for I am sure you are a great mom. I too love that there is a great community of women supporting each other.

  3. beautiful post!! i struggled with breastfeeding with my first- with my last, i made it 27 months with my youngest!

  4. This is a wonderful post! I love this. I breast fed both my kids. This is great to see others supporting each other!

  5. That is wonderful that you were able to breastfeed three of your kids. I think it is probably lack of support that made me quit shortly after I began.

  6. Any resources that can support moms in their choices are great!

  7. I wish I would have had more support when my two sons were born. They were both preemies and spent a long time in the NICU so I did pump for months with both of them. But when they came home I just couldn’t get the hang of and I gave up. Now I wish I wouldn’t have given up so quickly but I am happy that there is support available now so new mothers can be more successful than I was. Thanks for sharing your story!

  8. I wasn’t able to breastfeed my first one 18 years ago either, not for lack of milk but lack of support and my middle son I again had very little support and stopped after a few weeks… NOW my baby girl I breastfed for 13 month exclusive!!! Even worked full time and was able to nurse and pump and feed her 100%.. I was sooo proud and wished I had that support with my older kids… Way to go glad you were able to nurse your 3rd, 4th and 5th… WOOOOTH way to go

  9. I wasn’t able to breast feed my son,and I tried with my daughter and a couldn’t. What a great post, thank you for sharing..

  10. Great post! I only made it 5 months with my oldest and that was really only half-BF – I was clueless and wish I had had some support. With DD#2, I was able to nurse her until she was 2 – and she was MAD when I cut her off! 🙂 I think each experience is different!

  11. I didn’t think that I would be able to breastfeed, but everything worked out. I did it for one year and I was really happy to stop after her turned one year. lol.

  12. What a wonderful success story! So happy to see your persistence paid off! Thank you for all of the wonderful resources too!

  13. Congrats on your success. People who don’t BF don’t realize the struggle and time committment for us moms. It’s really sad also how much misinformation is out there even among the medical community. Thanks for sharing these resources

  14. I didn’t realize there was a world breastfeeding week. That is awesome! I am breastfeeding baby #2. He is 14 months old. Some days it isn’t easy but it is so worth it!

  15. What a cool event! I breastfed both of my babies, the longest being 16 months. If they were still nursing, I would totally attend this event.

  16. My sister didn’t have good luck and she wishes she’d had some support to help her through it.

  17. I think I’m one of those moms who sadly don’t have the experience of breastfeeding. It made me feel guilty for a long time, but my son is extremely healthy, smart, and just great. But it would have been nice to get some support at the time.

  18. What a great post. Although my breastfeeding didn’t last long with my children, I attempted it with all.

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