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Fresh off my 6-month maternity leave, I sat across a conference table from my manager discussing changes to my company’s travel expectations and how that would impact my role as a sales rep at a reputable professional networking site. Much to my surprise, travel expectations increased drastically while I was in the midst of baby bliss, and though I used to love traveling, the idea of being away from my then 5-month-old while also still breastfeeding seemed overwhelming and frankly, upsetting. How was I going to have enough milk saved while keeping to my pump schedule? How do I pump and navigate all the different airports? Was it possible? Would I have to end my breastfeeding journey earlier than I wanted? I was faced with a decision: I loved my job, I loved breastfeeding, and I loved my son so I made the decision to make it work no matter what.

Over the past 10-15 years, feeding babies human milk (instead of cow’s milk formula), has been on everyone’s mind. The U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control - just about every medical and public health group has come out in support of breastfeeding. Numerous strategies have been developed to support mothers, insurance plans now cover consultations and breast pumps, and research continues. Yet there is still so much that we do not know.

One question continues to puzzle us: Why do some babies seem to be sensitive to their mother’s milk, or rather, to something their mother eats?

It doesn’t make sense. If human milk is the perfect food for babies, and a source of precious growth factors and protection against infections, why do some babies seem to fuss, and cry, and even spit up when they breastfeed?

When my wife and I started trying for a family, I knew very little about breastfeeding. I knew that it was natural and free, but I assumed that, thanks to the miracles of modern science, formula was fine.

When I started working as a pediatrician 24 years ago, the only place to find current breastfeeding rates in the United States was from a pharmaceutical company who manufactured infant formula ...

I first experienced MilkWorks in 2006 when I started attending the Monday evening Mom Talk with my newborn son. I was young and passionate about motherhood and breastfeeding; this passion grew, leading me to apply for a job at MilkWorks a few months later. I didn’t get the job, but was instead offered an internship along with 2 other young women. The internship transitioned to a permanent position that ultimately included multiple roles: Breastfeeding Educator, retail assistance, insurance billing, pump tracking, and facilitating moms’ group.

When I left MilkWorks and relocated to Omaha a few years later, my passion for the organization stayed strong. In May 2013, I met with Ann Seacrest (Executive Director) and Stacey Roach (Lincoln Manager) with a proposal: Let’s expand MilkWorks to Omaha ...

Today's answer: 32.

Yes - we've grown from the original seven woman 14 years ago to a staff of 32. Day in and day out, we are weighing babies, stocking consult rooms, cleaning pumps and pump parts, advocating for our clients to their insurance companies, searching for the best breastfeeding products, writing donation and grant requests, entering data, making copies, changing lightbulbs ... Let me tell you, the business of breastfeeding is not necessarily glamorous ...

I am a board certified lactation consultant and I work for the Kearney WIC program. Not everyone makes a connection between WIC and breastfeeding. Many people know that WIC provides free formula for low income newborns. In reality, WIC may well be the single largest organization in our country that actively provides breastfeeding education and support for new mothers ...

Mothers have been supporting other mothers on their breastfeeding journeys throughout history. As our lives have become busier in the modern world, this support can be hard to find. A few organizations, such as La Leche League, have been built on the idea that mother-to-mother support is one of the most important ways to help moms initiate and continue breastfeeding ...