Every New Mama Deserves a Postpartum Doula. Who Are They? What Do They Do?

mcrae and baby

The steps you take in pregnancy are your first steps in mothering, and those nine months are a huge investment of time and energy and emotional growth as you prepare to meet your baby. Many families here in Richmond choose to hire a professional birth doula to support, empower, educate, and advocate for them through this exciting […]

Formula Guilt: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work Out As Planned

Spilled Milk

Today most women know the many wonderful  and almost magical benefits of breastfeeding. I was all for it and planned to exclusively breastfeed my baby until she was ready for solids. No formula would ever touch my perfect little baby. The pro-breastfeeding books and websites that I read told me that formula was for unhealthy […]

Great Products for Breastfeeding Moms You May Not Have Heard About *GIVEAWAY*

belly armor

Breastfeeding can be tough, but thankfully there are a lot of great products out there to make life for a breastfeeding mama a little bit easier.  From making more milk to the most comfortable nursing bras, here are some great products for nursing you may not have heard about. Lactation from Premama Fenugreek and fennel seed […]

Free Standing Nursing Spaces in Airports, Will it be a Good Thing for Nursing Moms?


    General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee will be the first airport in the nation to unveil mamava, a free-standing pod for breastfeeding and pumping mothers. The pod provides benches, a fold down table, a USB port, power outlet, soft lighting, space for a stroller or luggage, lock and a mirror. As with all things parenting […]

New Mom Style: Clever Nursing Apparel We Can’t Wait to Wear This Spring


All this winter weather has been fun… but in February we can’t help longing for spring. Fresh air, some sunshine, a little warmth and breastfeeding at the park in front of strangers… Well, the first parts are fun.  Clothes with easy access for nursing moms can be hard to come by. But fear not, you don’t […]

Milk Donation: “Wait, you donate what?”

Our Milk Freezer

After my son was born, like many moms, I worked hard to provide breast milk for him while he was at daycare. This entailed expressing breast milk by pumping. You can read my story about exclusively pumping breast milk here. My hubby and I had a streamlined system for which milk went into the fridge, […]

My Breastfeeding Story: Why I chose to exclusively pump


What does this photo mean to you? To me, it represents nurturing, sustenance and love. The infant seems relaxed, engaged and all is well. Unfortunately, this was not my breastfeeding experience. Breastfeeding was an emotional journey for me. It seemed the odds were against me – low milk supply, baby with reflux and feeding issues […]

Latch On For World Breastfeeding Week

photo: Daquella Manera

Richmonders have two options to show support for breastfeeding mothers around the world on August 2nd, 2014. If every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years, about 800,000 child lives would be saved […]

Teats for Two: Breastfeeding Twins


Two breasts, two babies, it can work! And for us, it absolutely did. Let me start by saying, do not take to heart any criticism you receive about whatever method you select to nourish your babies. That decision is yours to make. People will say you are crazy to attempt to breastfeed two. People will […]

Breastfeeding: My Love/Hate Story

after breastfeeding

From the beginning, I knew what kind of mom I wanted to be. I wanted a healthy pregnancy, a drug-free labor, I wanted to stay-at-home with my son, and I wanted to breastfeed. My life has a tendency to not go according to plan, and I wound up with a complicated pregnancy that left me […]