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Work. Pump. Repeat. with Jessica Shortall

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week 2015, we are sharing inspirational stories from breastfeeding/working moms.  Today’s story is a special interview with author, Jessica Shortall.  Jessica is an entrepreneurial mother of two, with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. She's been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a non-profit co-founder, the first Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, and an LGBT advocate. She's the author of Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work.



Jessica, what inspired you to write this book?

When I had my first baby, I was the first woman at the start-up where I worked to have a baby on the job. And my first business trip was a week in rural Nepal when my son was 5 months old. I was totally panicked about how to manage pumping and working, especially with such extreme travel, but I assumed that, as with everything on parenting, there was a book that would tell me exactly how to do it. I couldn't find what I needed: an intensely practical, non-judgmental, and approachable resource. I realized that if I wanted that to exist, I'd have to write it myself. So I set myself on what would become a five-year journey (my baby just turned five!!) of interviewing hundreds of working, breastfeeding moms and sharing their stories, their hacks, their triumphs, and their struggles.


What was your pumping situation like at work?  You traveled for your job, as well, right?

I worked from home (at the time, in Austin TX), which made things really easy on a daily basis - I did a lot of pretending I couldn't hear "that weird noise" everyone else seemed to hear on conference calls. But I traveled a LOT - often twice a month - both to my company HQ in Los Angeles, and extended trips all over the world. So I had a bit of everything - at home and not worried about privacy; in the HQ office and commandeering a storage closet, since the company was too small and too young to even know what a lactation room is; and literally on planes, trains, and automobiles, often in rural locations.

What are your Top Tips for becoming friends with your pump?

First off, rip off the Band-Aid and learn how to pump early in your maternity leave. Invite an experienced friend over to take you to "pumping school" - as long as you're comfortable with her seeing your boobs, she can show you the ropes and get you set up on a daily routine of pumping after the morning feeding session to start to build a freezer stash for when you're back at work.

Second - and I am in no way paid to say this - buy Pumpin Pal flanges. They are compatible with most pumps, they are WAY less messy than the flanges that come with your pump, they are designed to be more comfortable, and they can even help some women get more milk per pumping session.

Third - know how to maintain your pump. Check regularly for the state of those flimsy white membranes that come on Medela and other pumps. They are essential to the thing actually working. If your output drops, take the pump in to a maternity store and ask them to test it. Try snipping an inch off the ends of the tubes to see if you can get a snugger fit.

Finally - don't expect to love the thing. I'd say "frenemy" is more accurate than "friend." It's going to help you feed your baby, but it's going to literally suck, too. Many women I interviewed for this book reported imagining their pump saying a specific phrase over and over: "red hot panini" was my favorite. Many women fantasize about going Office Space on their pumps when they're done breastfeeding. It's ok to have a love/hate relationship with the thing.


What strategies can you recommend for moms who feel like they don't have enough time to pump at work?

My top strategy is to be kind to yourself. Mixing work and breastfeeding is really, really difficult, and it's not always possible to pump as frequently or for as long as you'd want or need. That's just a reality of being a working mom. It doesn't make you a bad mom in any way. If work pressures build up and you find you just can't keep up, remember that breastfeeding does not have to be all or nothing - you can nurse when you're with your baby, pump when you can, and supplement the rest, and we fellow working moms will still be amazed by what you're able to accomplish.

It's also a good idea to buy a single, manual pump. Sometimes all you can sneak in is a few minutes in a bathroom stall. This at least relieves engorgement, provides some "demand" for your milk, and gets some supply out.

Some women with a commute also discover the beauty of Pumping While Driving (PWD). You have to do this very, very safely, which means setting up before you get moving, and pulling over to disassemble everything if you're still driving when you're done pumping. But with a good nursing cover and some careful setup, car time feels like bonus time and can help you fit in the pumping sessions you need.


What is the best clothing to wear for pumping at work?

Anything that is good for nursing is good for pumping, too, but obviously you need it to be work-appropriate. There is a lot of "normal" clothing that can work for pumping. Button-down shirts and dresses are great, as are crossover/wrap tops and dresses, cowl-necks, and camisole/shirt combos. Don't wear a dress that you'd have to pull up around your neck or down around your waist - even if you have a private space to pump, you're going to feel really exposed.


What are your Top Tips for keeping up milk supply when back at work?

Stay hydrated and try to protect your pumping time as best you can. Block it off in your calendar if you're in an office environment. Even if you're not confident about protecting that time, like with a simple "I have to duck out for a few minutes - I'll be back" - fake that you are until you believe it yourself.


What are your Top Tips for maintaining sanity as a working/pumping mom?

As I've said above, being kind to yourself is #1. You are trying to do THREE jobs: new mom, worker, and milk-maker, all at once, while you're at a very physically vulnerable time. And you're probably trying to do those jobs in an environment that is SO not set up to make it easy.

My sanity-saving mantra is "your worth as a mother is not measured in ounces." It is 100% true. Yes, breastmilk is great. Yes, women who can pull it off should be proud. But breastmilk, or lack thereof, does not define your worth as a mother. You are not a failure if it doesn't work, or if you have ups and downs. To the contrary, you're a working mother, which is amazing in and of itself.


Check out Jessica’s amazing new book, Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work., set to be released on Amazon on September 8, 2015!



Breastfeeding Memoirs: Third Time's A Charm

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week 2015, we are sharing inspirational stories from breastfeeding/working moms.  Today’s story was written by Lilly Penhall.


Being a freelance contractor has its benefits to a work-at-home mom, that’s for sure. Flexible schedule, control over your workflow, and a certain sense of freedom comes with working for your own business instead of someone else’s. However, when it comes to maternity leave, freelancers don’t have the advantage of six weeks of paid leave that some employers offer. I returned to work two weeks after the birth of my daughter, who is now 18 months old, and started working only ten days after my son was born in June. To complicate matters, I was determined to breastfeed my babies.

My first child, born over 10 years ago, was given formula in the hospital nursery (at the time I lived in a small Texas town where that was standard procedure) and only breastfed for about 6 days until we had such trouble latching that I, being young and uneducated about nutrition, decided to just continue to give her formula.

Many years and a cross-country move later, I started freelancing when I was six months pregnant with my second child, after having lost my sales job for lack of productivity. Sales wasn’t my field, but I was doing it because I needed to support myself; however, at that point my boyfriend and I were combining our finances and I was able to take some time to figure out what to do next. I had been volunteering my graphic design skills for years, but had not really tried to pursue it as a career, thinking my skills were not enough to make a living. Thankfully, having years of experience designing books for self-publication for family and friends, I started advertising myself as a book designer to fulfill that niche market. My business took off right away and I was able to start building a loyal clientele who loved my work and sent more clients my way.

After a full working day in labor at 41 weeks, we had a nearly tragic delivery and my daughter spent six hours in the NICU before I was able to see her, hold her and feed her. When I finally had her in my arms, she had the same troubles latching that her sister did—specifically, on my right breast. She was given a pacifier in the NICU, but whether that contributed to her breastfeeding issues is really hard to determine. I called the nurses at almost every feeding to help me latch her, but it was a frustrating routine that I continued at home, replete with many tears especially during the night when I was tired and couldn’t get her to latch.

I started pumping right away on the right side so that I could at least feed her breastmilk in the bottle. After two weeks, the (relatively) cheap single pump burned out and I was again struggling to get her to latch, which was more difficult now that she was used to the bottle. On top of that, a very demanding client who I had been put on hold when I went into labor, started calling daily and asking when I was going to finish her project. As much as I wasn’t ready to start working, I was guilt-tripped into it and started spending four or more hours a day on my client’s project which limited my ability to breastfeed even further.

At my child’s one month WIC appointment, I expressed my concern to my caseworker and was met with a blank stare and the reply, “You don’t think breastfeeding is easy? I think it’s easier than making a bottle.” She did not offer lactation consultant services or any help at all. My frustration turned inward into anger and depression because I felt incapable of providing nourishment to my baby that was supposedly so easy. I blamed my sagging breasts with nipples that pointed at my toes. I blamed my baby’s severe reflux that caused her to spit up half of what I fed her, leaving her still hungry and crying when I didn’t have any milk left.

I blamed the pediatrician we saw at her two week appointment because he misdiagnosed her thrush as “just dried milk” and it got so severe in her that her entire mouth was white and her skin broke out in rashes, while I had a full-blown candida overgrowth throughout my whole body that left me drained and deeply depressed, as well as an intense burning pain when my milk let down. I blamed my demanding client for taking up all my time, and further blamed myself for taking on the job when I should have been dedicated to my baby. I blamed myself for drinking too much on my birthday when she was one month old—a night when I really needed a break—and bought a can of formula to feed her, thinking my breastmilk was toxic.

Finally, I made an appointment with the lactation consultants at WIC and went in for some help, but by then it was almost too late. I was only producing a small amount of milk and my baby was constantly hungry. Still determined to breastfeed, I had clients write letters to WIC saying that I was working full-time so that they could supply me with a Medela double pump at no cost. When I finally got the pump at six weeks postpartum, even pumping every hour for days didn’t produce more than 2-3 oz of milk over the entire day, plus dry pumping was very painful. As hard as I tried, with all the tears I cried and all my efforts, I couldn’t continue breastfeeding my baby any longer. I remember when I put her to by breast for the last time, at six weeks old, and feeling the strangeness of her trying to drink from me when I was completely dried up. I felt useless and rejected by my own child, but I had to surrender to reality. If I couldn’t breastfeed, at least I would get her the best organic baby formula on the market.

Even with all the trouble I had with my girls, I knew I would try again with my next baby, and this time I would have more tools, more knowledge and more patience. I got pregnant again when my daughter was 7 months old, and we decided to be surprised as to the gender of our new arrival. I continued working from home and taking care of my baby at the same time until she was one year old, when I was offered a really well paying work-from-home job that would require more of my time. We put our toddler in daycare so that I could work full-time for my new employer, a university that needed web design work on a contractual basis.

I was working 40+ hours per week until I went into labor, at first from home, then I spent two months working at the university before I went back to working from home as my due date got closer. This time my baby decided to show up unexpectedly 2 weeks early and I was right in the middle of a project. I emailed my bosses from the hospital and told them I was having my baby and I would be back to work in a few weeks. This time, the delivery went more smoothly and my son was placed on my chest directly after birth, as nature intended. He latched right away on both sides and I can’t even express my relief and satisfaction at how easy it has been for him to breastfeed.  It’s the experience I always wanted, but never had. Even the clogged duct I got the first week when I was severely engorged didn’t stop us from breastfeeding; in fact, the colostrum-rich milk I pumped during that time was fed to my older child who had a cold when her brother was born (and it was the last time she got sick—coincidence? Perhaps…)


Although I had intended to wait at least three weeks before returning to work, we had gotten behind on our bills during my transition from contractor to employee back to contractor, so after just one week I requested another project and returned to work part-time at 10 days postpartum. This time, however, I have been able to successfully breastfeed my baby while working because of some things I did differently.

We established a good breastfeeding routine before I returned to work, and we didn’t introduce a pacifier or bottle until he was over one month old. I have been able to pump easily with the Medela and my nifty homemade pumping bra (an old bra with holes cut in the nipples to stick the pump shields through—works like a charm!). I have spent entire days not working when the baby has been more demanding, instead of sacrificing my time with my baby for a demanding client. My son is so easy to feed that sometimes I can hold him and feed him with one hand while working with the other, and when he’s milk drunk I put him in a wrap or carrier and wear him while I work.

I also put a lot less pressure on myself this time—pressure to work AND pressure to breastfeed. I have a more “que sera sera” attitude about it now, and instead of stressing over working while breastfeeding, I relax in knowing that any amount of time I am able to breastfeed my son is awesome and feel blessed that I am able to support my family on a part-time income for now. My boyfriend wants to put him in daycare already so I can work more hours, but he’s only six weeks old and I want to spend as much time with him as I can. I’m increasing my working hours this week, and some time in the next few months I might return to full-time work on-site, but I’m in no hurry.

Breastfeeding while working has not been an easy journey, but I realize that I have many advantages that others don’t. I feel for moms who have to return to work outside the home after maternity leave and all the struggles that brings: pumping in smelly bathrooms or uncomfortable closets for the sake of “decency,” eight hours of engorgement followed by two hours of traffic, bosses and/or coworkers who don’t understand why you get to take so many breaks as if it’s some sort of mommy privilege instead of your other full-time job, etc. I am so grateful for finally having the positive breastfeeding experience I dreamed of, while still able to work and support my family. My goal is six months of breastfeeding, which is much longer than I have been able to do in the past, and I really hope to make it over one year for my baby’s sake. And if I am blessed with one more child, I will breastfeed again for as long as I can, because I know it’s what’s best for all of us.



The Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway 2015

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2015 is all about supporting breastfeeding moms when they return to work.  We know first hand that returning to work after having a baby is a huge challenge and we want to honor all of the moms who strive to provide breastmilk to their babies while separated from them.  Plus, we just love giving away awesome breastfeeding/pumping items to ALL breastfeeding moms!  So, get ready for the biggest Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway yet!  

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2015, over 20 breastfeeding-supportive companies have donated items for an enormous Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package, valued at over $1500!  First we’d like to introduce you to the co-hosts of the Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week giveaway.  Then, we’ll share all of the goodies that have been so graciously donated.


Here are your hosts!

San Diego Breastfeeding Center:  A judgment-free online and in-person resource for qualified breastfeeding information and personalized assistance for mothers facing breastfeeding challenges.  Founded by Robin Kaplan, M.Ed., IBCLC in 2009, SDBFC offers private breastfeeding consultations, classes, free support groups, and an extensive blog. In March 2013, SDBFC launched the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force to educate the San Diego community about the laws that protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public and to provide support and guidance to mothers who have faced harassment for breastfeeding in public.


New Mommy Media: New Mommy Media is a network of dynamic audio podcasts for new and expecting parents. Through their shows and interactive online content, they give tips and advice for new parents, educating and entertaining moms and dads as they transition into parenthood. Their show, The Boob Group, is hosted by an international board certified lactation consultant and features a breastfeeding expert and a panel of breastfeeding mothers. Together, they openly discuss breastfeeding successes, struggles, and everything in between.  The show helps guide mothers by providing an honest, natural, and relaxed approach to breastfeeding.


The Badass Breastfeeder: The Badass Breastfeeder is a blog written by Abby Theuring, a social worker, writer, public speaker, activist, wife and mother of 2 who lives in Chicago, IL. The blog empowers mothers to breastfeed in public, and to breastfeed beyond infancy. It encourages moms and dads to trust their parenting instincts and helps parents develop the confidence to make important decisions for their families. It’s also the personal story of one family’s struggles through the ups and downs of attachment parenting. Unlike many parenting blogs, it paints an honest, authentic picture of the stressful moments that come along with being a parent. The Badass Breastfeeder is a global community of moms and dads who share their experiences so that we know we are not alone.


How to Enter the 2015 Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway


You may enter the giveaway from August 1, 2015 - August 7, 2015.  On August 8, 2015, we will announce 1 lucky winner of the Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package.  Winners must live in the United States or Canada.


Check out the Prizes!




One Juno Blu bag: The stylish Juno Blu Calistoga Bag is our most adaptable and enduring breast pump bag yet.  The combination of modern styling and lightly structured assembly makes the Calistoga a versatile and everyday pleasure to carry.  The breast pump is tucked neatly into a side zipper compartment for easy access and the bag’s distinctive flap opening is a true “life saver,” as it essentially doubles the bag’s capacity for longer journeys or life’s unplanned moments.  

One $50 gift certificate to GlamourMom, The original expert in full support nursing bras built into stylish tanks and tops.

One Arden All In One Nursing and Handsfree Pumping Bra from Dairy Fairy.  It lets you nurse, handsfree, pump and adjust to your constantly fluctuating size.

One container of Malunggay capsules from Motherlove. Indigenous to India and the Philippines, Malunggay is known as the “miracle tree” and is widely recognized for its nutritional benefits. It has been used for generations by breastfeeding women to help increase breast milk supply.

One container of Shatavari capsules from Motherlove.  Native to India, this rejuvenating Ayurvedic tonic helps to balance the female hormonal system. Known for its phytoestrogen properties, this herb can help with a variety of issues including menopause, increased fertility and breast milk production.

One container of Nipple Cream from Motherlove. An all natural herbal salve that quickly relieves the discomfort of sore, cracked nursing nipples. All ingredients are safe for ingestion, so it does not need to be washed off prior to breastfeeding baby. Motherlove’s organic nipple cream has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 100% certified organic ingredients.

One container of Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve from Motherlove.  An all-natural herbal salve for persistent, inflamed diaper rash. May also be used on mother's nursing nipples. Does not need to be washed off nipple prior to nursing. Diaper safe and compatible with all diapers including cloth. Motherlove’s diaper rash & thrush has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 96% certified organic ingredients. 

One container of Green Salve from Motherlove.  This all natural versatile salve quickly and effectively takes the itch out of insect bites, bee stings and poison ivy. It soothes and eases the discomforts of rashes, chapped and irritated skin. A must for every home! Motherlove’s green salve has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 100% certified organic ingredients.

One box of Lactation Granola Bars from Oat Mama.  Undeniably delicious and packed with brewer's yeast and healthy fats from nuts and seeds, Oat Mama lactation granola bars are lovingly crafted by breastfeeding mamas for breastfeeding mamas.

One Essential Breastfeeding Bundle from Bamboobies, which includes a multi-pack of reusable nursing pads, a box of bamboo disposable nursing pads, and a chic nursing shawl.

One Rock Candy nursing bra and a pack of CupCake washable nursing pads from Cake Maternity.

One $50 gift certificate from Momzelle.  Momzelle's mission is to help mother's feel comfortable and confident breastfeeding in public by designing high quality, affordable and super cute nursing wear.

Two Breastfeeding/Nursing Necklaces from Wee Kings.  Wee Kings nursing necklaces are the perfect distraction for baby's hands while being fed, and are a stylish, practical accessory for mom to wear.

One Latch Pal.  LatchPal is a mom-invented breastfeeding clip that eliminates the nuisance of a falling shirt and provides a clear view of baby and breast to promote successful latching.

One Pump&Nurse Set from Rumina,  will include: 1 Pump&Nurse Tank and 1 Pump&Nurse Bra - style, color and size of winner's choice.  Rumina's Pump&Nurse bras and tank tops makes nursing and pumping, Simple, Comfortable and Convenient.

Three boxes of lactation bars from Boobie Bar.  Boobie Bar®, the original lactation bar, was created by an IBCLC to assist breastfeeding and pumping moms who wish to support and maintain a healthy breastmilk supply. Filled with a proprietary blend of natural organic herbs such as moringa, shatavari, brewers yeast, turmeric, fenugreek and coconut oil.  Each individually wrapped bar is vegan and requires no refrigeration (GF option available).

One set of Freemie Collection Cups.  Pump with your shirt on—anytime, anywhere, with Freemie!

One PumpEase Prize pack from Snugabell, which includes a PumpEase and Wet Bag (of winner's size and print choice), Colouring Book, "Do Not Disturb" Door Hanger, and Fridge Magnet.

One Large size NuzzleHUG and a set of NuzzleNIPs from Nuzzle.  The NuzzleHUG by Nuzzle soothes a nursing mother's lactation discomfort with warm and cool breast, neck and body therapy. A NuzzleNIP is a warming or cooling nipple soother accessory designed to attach to the center of a NuzzlePOD (an insert within the NuzzleHUG system) to relieve discomfort from tenderness and pain associated from nipple vasospasm.

One Milk It Kit: A Back to Work Survival Kit for Breastfeeding Moms, and a set of 120 waterproof breastmilk labels. This set will help mom organize and label her milk and go back to work without worry of pumping session walk-ins or shared fridge milk mishaps!

One Double Plus pump from Ardo: The Calypso Double Plus breastpump features independent vacuum and cycle adjustment -- 64 total settings. "Vacuum Seal" technology creates a closed system -- no milk in the tubes or pump. Includes three different sizes of breast flanges to ensure that every mother can find the right size to suit her nipple. The soft Optiflow massage inserts (26mm) actively massage the breast and ensure efficient and gentle expression.

One Milkies Milk-Saver - slips into your bra or tank top to collect any leaking milk on your non-nursing side so you can easily store every last drop of that liquid gold! One Milkies Freeze, a convenient first-in, first-out milk storage system. One Milkies Milk Tray, which freezes milk into convenient, 1-ounce sticks that fit into all bottle sizes. All donated by Fairhaven Health.

One Size 4 Hadara Lotus Woven Wrap donated by Cassiope Woven

$50 gift card from Pax Baby.  Welcome to the wonderful world of babywearing, where being close to your baby is not only recommended, it is made fashionable and fun! PAXbaby brings you all the best baby carriers and accessories; enjoy browsing through our amazing selection of ring slings, wraps, buckle carriers and more!

One COMPLETE All Seasons Baby Carrier from LÍLLÉbaby. The LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE baby carrier combines more carrying positions, lasts longer, and includes more features than any other baby carrier. The All Seasons line features an adjustable center panel: zip up for warmth and zip down to reveal cool, breathable, 3D mesh. 


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Positive Breastfeeding in Public Stories - Britain ROCKS!

So much of what we hear about feeding our babies in public is negative - stories from women being harassed and shamed for breastfeeding in public.  While we believe that it is so important to respond to these incidents and educate people on the importance of normalizing breastfeeding, we also think that one of the best ways we can empower women is to share our positive experiences as well.  Below is one of many examples of wonderful responses women receive while feeding their babies in public - meet Claire!


“Although I was born and brought up in the UK, my first experience of motherhood and subsequently breastfeeding was an all american one & in the Golden State of California. Although I had a nasty start to my mothering career (NICU, acid reflux & breastfeeding problems) I soon got into the swing of it, San Diego style. Motherhood is a serious business down in the 'Diego, but also a soft, fluffy, touchy, feely kind of business. I was part of a wonderful group of Mamas who did Stroller Strides. We were a village, a team, a sisterhood and to this day, I miss it. There was a genuine desire to help, share and offer advice, and an openness about breastfeeding was part of that. Initially I was embarrassed at whipping the girls out, but as time went on, that Bebe au Lait nursing cover got discarded and I felt comfortable feeding my first born wherever and whenever.

Fast forward to 2013 and I found myself back in the Land of my Birth. Such is the lot of a military family, we move frequently, but this was a good transition. I was going home! The plan was to try for another baby when we got to the UK. There were a few bumps in the road, but eventually Thomas made an appearance in December last year.

Now I have a very bad habit, (who doesn't, but it has a tendency to make the alarm bells go off in the sensationalist part of my brain) and that's my fondness for reading British tabloid newspapers. Hey, I needed to stay in touch with my old friends by knowing all of the British Z List wannabe's! It was my secret shame, come on, who doesn't love a bit of trash? My downfall is the Daily Mail (the British equivalent of the New York Post/National Enquirer) These guys could win Olympic Gold in rabble rousing. Their particular target seems to be breastfeeding mothers, as you can guarantee once a month there is an article dedicated to haranguing mothers for daring to feed their infants in public.



I think I managed to work myself up into such a frenzy that I was armed with a speech to challenge anyone who dared to try and stop me! Surprisingly, this hasn't been the case and I guess I am a little disappointed that I haven't had to inform anyone that if they tried to stop me, they were contravening the 2010 Equality Act! Of course, I have pre-empted any potential conflict with the return of the nursing cover, although this makes feeding a bit like getting in the ring with Mike Tyson, as Master Thomas does not like being covered up. I do get the sideways glances as they see the little feet thrashing around under a spotty pink cover, but I live in such a posh part of the country, everyone is far too polite to say anything!

Similarly, my expressing experience: on a rare date night with hubby we went all out and went for dinner at a very high class restaurant in London called Rules. This place is the real deal, I mean they filmed some of Downton Abbey there for goodness sake! But the half empty glass of water side of me fully expected to be relegated to the restrooms to pump, but if you don't ask, you don't get. Deep breath, let's ask the Maitre D, fully expecting a long look down the nose and face of horror. Shockingly, the gentleman in question not only said he could help me, but he took me to one of the private dining rooms and covered up the window so that I could pump in private. To top it off, he even bought me a glass of water! I wanted to kiss him and tell him that I wished all men were as open minded and affable as he. It seemed he was well versed in the womanly art of breastfeeding, as his wife breastfed all of their children and it was, in his words, a beautiful thing. Forget Bradley Cooper, this guy should be No1 on People Magazine's 100 Sexiest Men, because let's face it, there's nothing sexier than a man who acknowledges that breasts are more than just being Fun Bags for the Alpha Male!”


Do you have a positive breastfeeding in public story to share?  Please email it to



Big Latch On Event 2015


We are so excited to announce that the San Diego Breastfeeding Center is hosting a 2015 Big Latch On event!  For those who are unfamiliar with the Big Latch On, this is an event that started in New Zealand in 2005 during World Breastfeeding Week.  The mission of the Big Latch On is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding women and each year groups of breastfeeding women come together at locations all around the world to latch on their children at a designated time and day in honor of this mission and to attempt to set a new record!


2014 Big Latch On event

So, here are the details:


When is the Big Latch On?

The Big Latch On will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 9am-11am.  The actual Big Latch On will take place at exactly 10:30am, so don’t be late!  


Where will the Big Latch On take place?

The San Diego Breastfeeding Center, located in Hillcrest, right near Balboa Park.  The address is 3355 4th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.


Do I need to RSVP for the Big Latch On Event?

Since we need 1 non-breastfeeding witness for every 10 breastfeeding mamas, it would be wonderful if you can RSVP before the event.  If you forget, please come anyway.


What is the agenda for the Big Latch On?

9:00am-10:20am - Registration and mingle

10:20-10:25am - Settle in and get ready to latch on

10:30-10:31am - Big Latch On!

10:40-11:00am - Giveaway winners announced

11am - Event ends 


What takes place at registration?

Each breastfeeding mom needs to register, with her name and email address, so that she can be counted during the event.  Also, each mom will decide whether she gives her permission to be photographed during the event.




What takes place during the Big Latch On?

From 9:00am-10:20am, once moms have registered, there will be plenty of time to relax, mingle, check out the giveaway items.  Definitely bring a water bottle so you can stay hydrated.

From 10:30-10:31am, all of the participants will latch on their child(ren).  Each breastfeeding mom will be counted by one of the non-breastfeeding witnesses so that she can be accounted for in setting the Big Latch On record.

From 10:40-11:00am, giveaway winners will be chosen.  Winners must be present to receive the gift.


Is there a Facebook Event page for this event?

Yes!  Please visit our Facebook Event page, as updates will be posted there when they become available.  Also, this is the place where you can RSVP.  Here is the link:


How will the photographs be used after the event?

We are so thrilled that Ariel Dolfo, of Ariel Dolfo Photography, will be documenting our Big Latch On event!  Photographs will only be taken of mothers who give permission to be photographed.  Group photos will be taken to document the event and sent with our final number of participating breastfeeding mothers, as well as placed on the San Diego Breastfeeding Center website.  Also, Ariel will be scheduling nursing mini sessions to take place after the Big Latch On event, as well as throughout the week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.



What are the giveaway details?

Our community is just absolutely awesome!  When we announced our Big Latch On event a few weeks ago on Facebook, we were contacted by several local businesses asking to donate items for a giveaway.  So, at registration, each mama will receive a giveaway ticket.  At 10:40am, we will start selecting tickets for each of the giveaway items.  Here is a running list of our amazing giveaway items!

Nature's Whisper Yoga Passes donated by Jolie Cash

A Nursing Scarf and Swaddler donated by NuRoo

Free Acupuncture Appointment donated by Whole Family Acupuncture

Free One-Hour Massage donated by Deanna Brown

Free Acupuncture Appointment donated by Micah Arsham

If you have any other questions about the event, or if you have service/product you would like to donate for the giveaway, please contact Ashley Treadwell at


Looking forward to seeing you all there!