Are you expecting a baby, planning to breastfeed and looking to learn as much as you can before baby comes? If this is you, we have the perfect class to get you started. There is so much to learn about breastfeeding. The GOOD news is you do NOT have to be an expert in breastfeeding to breastfeed. You just need to have some basic understanding and a bit of a plan. We have that covered in Your Breastfeeding Experience.
There are 5 things that I think are key to preparing for breastfeeding. The first one is "Breastfeeding Education". The other 4 we discuss in the class. This class helps create a breastfeeding vision statement and goals unique to each attendee. It creates a unique feeding plan for the immediate postpartum and early weeks. It establishes a resource list and list of support people so you are supported and prepared to get help if needed. It covers what breastfeeding looks like in the first 6 weeks, which is the crucial point for establishing that long lasting supply so that breastfeeding can continue as long as you would like.
You will learn the practical stuff
That is usually what most people need to know to get off on the right foot and continue ahead. In this discussion will be the moments immediately after birth, what happens at the hospital, soother use, pumping (hmm, good idea or bad idea), coming home, breastfeeding lifestyle, etc.
LOTS of information.
Now we don't get into too much about the different reasons breastfeeding might be difficult. I know as an IBCLC people want to be really prepared for all the *bad* stuff that can happen. The class is really intended for normal expected management of breastfeeding. I could teach an entire class on all the ways breastfeeding can be hindered. Many of those issues could be alleviated for people, simply by taking this class. The reality is that you might have zero issues breastfeeding or you might have one or two of those experiences but you won't have ALL of them. It really is best to get one-on-one help after baby is born if things are not as expected and you are having difficulty, vs referring back to information given in a class on breastfeeding so you can have a plan and treatment specific to you and your baby. With that said, you will go home with a manual that has lots of information to read through and has a troubleshooting section so you can navigate breastfeeding common issues and know when to recognize when more help is needed.
See you in class!