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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 ...