Breastfeeding Resources

Breastfeeding Resources

The experience of breastfeeding is special and personal.  New moms deserve support no matter how they decide to feed their baby.  For moms that are looking to breastfeed, you may need some support now and then.  Here is a list of the breastfeeding resources for Richmond area moms.

Breastfeeding Classes

Bon Secours Love and Learn
Bon Secours Love and Learn is proud to provide quality classes in convenient times and locations each month.  As part of our commitment to the communities we serve, we are glad to offer most of our classes at no cost to the attendee.  For the classes that do have a fee associated we offer scholarships on an as-needed basis.  For more information on whether or not you qualify for a scholarship, please call (804)340-2229.
Click here for a schedule of classes (Choose Breastfeeding Basics)

MyBirthRVA – My Breastfeeding Class
A doula’s guide to breastfeeding success taught by Melissa Yeager, a doula and CAPPA Certified Lactation Educator.  This class is designed by the doulas of MyBirth to help avoid the “booby traps” of breastfeeding, with a large focus on the first three days, three weeks, and three months of nursing.  The class will cover: mechanics of nursing and milk transfer, how to prepare for breastfeeding, getting a good start, steps to a good latch, how to protect against interruption/interference, breastfeeding booby traps, realities of breastfeeding, common problems, the benefits of nursing.  For more information, please call (804)404-9655.  Click here for the enrollment page.

Richmond Breastfeeding
Richmond Breastfeeding is owned and operated by Sara  Doyle, MS, RN. Sara has a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and has practiced as a Registered Nurse for over 15 years. She offers breastfeeding education classes, home visit lactation services, and a breastfeeding support group. Her expertise is in breastfeeding challenges such as low supply, oversupply, returning to work, jaundice, high-risk pregnancy, multiples, and preterm births. To learn more, please contact or call (804) 874-1216.

Richmond City WIC
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) helps pregnant women, mothers, infants and young children stay healthy and eat right during important times of growth. They provide services for breastfeeding mothers up to one year after delivery, including sessions with Peer Counselors and Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) and referrals as needed to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). In addition, they offer breastfeeding classes, one-on-one consultations, and weekly phone calls for the first month post-partum. WIC is income based, but the income limits are very broad. Many families qualify for WIC, but they are not aware that they qualify. For WIC services, please call (804) 482-5446.

VCU Health
VCU Health offers information on the benefits and management of breastfeeding including effective positioning and latching; rooming in; baby feeding cues and signs of hunger; early skin-to-skin contact; common problems and solutions; returning to work; expression of breast milk and nutrition. This is an interactive class with hands-on practice with dolls. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  For more information, please call (804)828-4409.
Click here for a schedule of classes


Breastfeeding Support Groups

Breastfeeding and Lactation Support at Bon Secours
At Bon Secours, you can schedule a lactation focused appointment with a certified lactation counselor by calling (804) 730-4690.

Lactation counseling is provided at:
Bon Secours Pediatrics of Mechanicsville
7347 Bell Creek Road, Suite 100
Mechanicsville, VA, 23111.

Typical hours available for appointments include Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for sick visits.

Insurances accepted: Medicaid, Optima, Tricare, Humana, Cigna, Virginia Premier, and Aetna. Please contact your insurance provider as needed with any additional questions about your coverage.

Embrace Midwifery Care and Birth Center
Embrace Midwifery Care and Birth Center offers monthly breastfeeding support groups led by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In addition, they offer Breast Beginnings, a breastfeeding support class for parents-to-be, which is also IBCLC-led and offered monthly.

Contact Information: or 804-596-BABY(2229)
Location:130 Buford Rd, Richmond VA 23235

La Leche League (LLL)
La Leche League Leaders in Virginia and West Virginia offer meetings and breastfeeding cafes, and help mothers by phone, in person, and on the LLL of Richmond Facebook Page.

When: 3rd Wednesday, 10:00 am
Where: St. Marks United Methodist Church
11551 Lucks Lane, Midlothian, VA 23114
Meeting is held in the nursery
For info call Mary (804) 379-9557 or
Amalie (804) 741-0978

West End
When: 4th Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Where: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
For info call Amanda (804) 512-3582

For breastfeeding help call:
Liz (804) 432-8467
Mary (804) 379-9557
Amalie (804) 741-0978
Amanda (804) 512-3582
Kristi (804) 939-0094

MyBirth: Boobies & Babies
Free monthly breastfeeding support group.  The group is facilitated by Melissa Yeager, CLE.
When: Second Thursday of every month at 10 AM.
Where: MyBirth, 1726 Altamont Ave Suite 2, Richmond, VA 23230

VA Breastfeeding Task Force
When: Meetings are held quarterly from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on the first Thursday of the month (May, September and November)
Where: Innsbrook – DG3 Dominion, 4121 Cox Road, Suite 115
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Phone:(804) 545-1665 desk   (804) 545-1935 fax

VCU Mom: Breastfeeding Support 
VCU Medical Center provides access to breastfeeding consultants 7 days a week by phone, as well as in person, at support groups, and through breastfeeding clinics.

Breastfeeding Warmline – (804) 828-2952

Breastfeeding Support Groups
Call (804) 828-4409 to register and to find our meeting times for the current calendar year.

Breastfeeding Clinics (by appointment)
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), Children’s Pavilion
1000 East Broad Street, Level 3
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 828-CHOR (2467)


Lactation Consultants Serving RVA

Linda Chermside, RN BSN, IBCLC
Best Beginnings
11506 Allecingie Parkway, Suite 1B
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 323-BABY
(804) 378-9678

Sara Doyle, MS, RN
Richmond Breastfeeding

Sonyia Elder, RNC, IBCLC, LCCE
Lactation Services Coordinator
Memorial Regional Medical Center
8260 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
(804) 764-7171 Warm Line

Joyce Funston, RN, IBCLC
Joyful Start LC
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Melanie Headley, CBE, CLC
A Better Latch
(804) 874-4442

Ruth Petrov, IBCLC, RN, BSN
Gentle Birth and Lactation Choices
2304 Homeview Drive
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 216-5326
(804) 346-9493

Laurel K. Tharrington, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
13710 St. Francis Blvd.
Midlothian, VA 23114
(804) 594-3267
(804) 594-BABY

Carolyn Wilburt, RN, IBCLC, RLC
New Family Doula, LLC
(804) 814-7252


Doulas (Postpartum)

A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.  They help to nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn.  One of the services that they provide is breastfeeding support.

Glen Allen, VA
Erica Angert
(225) 978-1507


Midlothian, VA
April Titler
(704) 249-0834


Richmond, VA

McRae Brittingham
Aunt McRae’s New Family Support
(804) 464-8223

Cody Cohen
Crowning Moments Doula

Melissa Davis
Baby Yours
(804) 453-0804

Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center

Family Ways, LLC

Ruth Green
Graceful Birthing of Virginia
(804) 492-4456

Sommer Humphries, DONA

Nicole Link-Troen, CPES
Richmond Placenta Encapsulation & Postpartum Doula Support

Lisa Lyles
(804) 380-5091

Claire Prendergast
Clarity Postpartum

Kristi Ramey
Ramey Birth Doula Services
(804) 393-0094

Robin Salzberg-Greene

Cat Ennis Sears
Adira Birth Doula, Photography & Childbirth Ed

Kathy Stewart, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, ICCE, CD/PCD
(804) 747-0761

Ashley Tucker
Newborn Mama Doula Services

Heather Warfel
Heather’s Haven LLC

Amy Washington
A Mom For Hire

Carolyn Wilburt, RN, IBCLC, RLC
New Family Doula, LLC
(804) 814-7252


Local Breastfeeding Resources

HCA Virginia
HCA Virginia offer outpatient lactation services.  They have specialists at The Lactation Center to help you get off to a healthy start. They also offer breast pumps and other lactation equipment for rent or purchase.  To make an appointment or request additional information, call The Lactation Center at (804) 289-4977.

Pediatric Associates of Richmond
Pediatric Associates of Richmond has been a pioneer in providing in-house breastfeeding support services.  Services include lactation consultation, nursing bra fittings, and assistance with breast pump rentals, purchase, and adjustments.

Breastfeeding Support Services:

  • Pre- and post-feeding weights for an accurate assessment of milk transfer
  • Difficulties with latch
  • Decreasing milk supply
  • Feeding multiples (twins, etc.)
  • Feeding infants with special needs
  • Feeding premature infants
  • Extended pumping and maintaining milk supply
  • Breastfeeding tongue-tied (ankyloglossia) infants
  • Counseling regarding the impact of medications while nursing
  • Sore nipples/painful latch
  • Weaning
  • Transitioning to the bottle

Richmond City WIC
In addition to breastfeeding assistance, Richmond City WIC offers nutrition education and counseling along with an eWIC card to help buy healthy foods for pregnant and lactating moms and their children up to age five. For working mothers or students who do not have access to a breast pump through insurance or Medicaid, electric breast pumps are available. Other program services include:

  • Quality nutrition education and counseling
  • Breastfeeding support, services and supplies
  • A healthy food package including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk & more
  • Referrals to community partners and access to prenatal, maternal and pediatric health care services.

WIC is income based, but the income limits are very broad. Many families qualify for WIC, but they are not aware that they qualify. To learn more about WIC services, please call (804) 482-5446.

VCU Health
We offer 24 hours a day / 7 days a week service for our breastfeeding families. We have trained lactation consultants available by phone at (804) 278 – 2800. All our breastfeeding moms are seen by a lactation consultant during their hospital stay. We also provide a follow-up phone call to be sure that you and your baby are doing well. Prenatal classes on breastfeeding are taught by lactation consultant two or three times a month free of charge. Please call 1-800-762-6161.

A Woman’s Place Lactation Center and Boutique (Bon Secours)
To support you at this special time, we’ve created A Woman’s Place, a center dedicated to helping you have a successful and more comfortable breastfeeding experience.

Our Services
Professional lactation consultants available by appointment for:

  • Prenatal preparation
  • Help with special concerns such as twins, older babies, premature babies and latch difficulties
  • Mothers returning to work
  • Increasing milk supply


  • Breast pump rentals and sales
  • Bras, tanks, breastfeeding accessories, nursing covers
  • Gift certificates
  • And much more!


Online Breastfeeding Resources

BreastFeeding, Inc
At Breastfeeding Inc., our aim is to empower parents by ensuring they receive the most up-to-date information to assist them with their breastfeeding baby. We strive to provide them this information through breastfeeding resources which include, but are not limited to, free information sheets, video clips, and articles. provides answers to breastfeeding questions, and practical solutions to any breastfeeding problems you may encounter.

HCA Virginia
Learn about the benefits and keys to success for giving your baby the ultimate natural food.

International Breastfeeding Centre
IBC continue to offer the services for which it has become renowned… empowering mothers to achieve their own breastfeeding goals.

International Lactation Consultant Association
ILCA offers a large directory of lactation consultants throughout the world.  If you are searching for lactation consultants, this website is a great resource.

Kellymom consists of evidence-based informational articles (and links to further information) on breastfeeding and parenting topics.  The site also has a breastfeeding support group through Facebook.

La Leche League International
Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

The LactMed database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced.  A peer review panel reviews the data to assure scientific validity and currency.  The information is updated on a monthly basis. provides information and support to mothers who are experiencing low milk production. It is also an online resource for healthcare providers who help mothers breastfeed.

Nancy Mohrbacher
Nancy Mohrbacher’s mission is to simplify life for new mothers, many of whom–without realizing it–make breastfeeding more complicated than it needs to be.

Office on Women’s Health (OWH)
OWH serves as the focal point for women’s health activities across Human and Health Services (HHS) offices and agencies and leads HHS efforts to ensure that all women and girls achieve the best possible health.  OWH’s site offers information ranging from breastfeeding challenges to breastfeeding and everyday life.


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