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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]