Breastfeeding: A Word of Advice…


Written by Special Guest Writer Ailsa Long My Doula, McRae Brittingham, recommended that I share my breastfeeding story with you to help others in their quest to breastfeed naturally.A word of advice … I was a high risk, first time, mature, single, mom-to-be and had no preconceived ideas about breastfeeding, but knew that I wanted […]

My Story is One of Support


Written by Special Guest Writer Kelli Ramirez My story is one of support.  My son Benjamin was born 7 weeks early at St. Mary’s.  He was in the NICU for 13 days.Although we were not able to latch quickly after his birth, I was visited by a lactation consultant who got me set up with […]

Why I Hate Breastfeeding (and the Totally Selfish Reasons Why I Do It Anyway)


I’m not good at breastfeeding. I make plenty of milk, tons of milk; that’s not the problem. I nurse in public discretely though I’m not ashamed of it. Sometimes people will have whole conversations with me before they notice that I’ve been nursing the entire time. I’ve got the holds and tips and tricks down. […]

The Black Cape of Doom and Other Breastfeeding Memories


I breastfed each of my two kids for a year each.  My kids were only 22 months apart so I was pregnant or breastfeeding for 3 and a half years straight. {Side comment: High-five to self!} Breastfeeding wasn’t always easy for me. I worried, at first, my babies weren’t getting enough to eat.  I worried, […]

Nursing a Newborn with a Toddler Underfoot: Creating a Peaceful Environment


When my second little boy was born, my wild and spirited toddler added a whole new dimension to the already great responsibility of breastfeeding a newborn. I was surprised by how difficult it was to create personal space to nurse, free from curious hands and exuberant limbs. I often felt frustrated and disappointed, craving peace […]

The BIG Latch On!

Get ready for the BIG Latch On during Breastfeeding Week. There are two local venues in the Richmond area this year: Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, 13710 St. Francis Boulevard, Midlothian, VA – August 3 at 9:45 a.m. Virginia State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219 – Big Latch On RVA – August […]

The Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding that Everyone Forgets to Mention

Me and my son

Alex provides a little sense of humor about breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2013. We think she's pretty awesome because we agree that every woman should have the opportunity to breastfeed. Learn more about World Breastfeeding Week at this link. buy reading glasses online I breastfed my children, which naturally makes me an […]

Breastfeeding Resources Now Available on


We have some great breastfeeding articles and tips in this week’s online Real Richmond Parents section of In addition, as we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, we have also provided an updated listing of breastfeeding resources on our website. You can click here for the list. To make it easy to find when you need […]

When Breastfeeding Sucks: 13 Things to Try


If you are like most pregnant and newly postpartum mamas you are aware of the many benefits that breastfeeding offers to you and your baby. You also probably have a goal in mind for how long you would like to breastfeed whether it be until you transition back to work, six months, one year, or […]