What's the deal with these breastfeeding classes?
As an expecting parent, chances are you have researched and planned all things baby before your new little one arrives - your birth experience, how you will feed your baby, choosing a pediatrician, car seats, cribs, diapers, and everything in between! With all of the thought and preparation that goes into expanding your family, do you have time for a breastfeeding class? And how exactly can a breastfeeding education class help you?
Here are 5 ways a breastfeeding education class can help you!
By attending an in-depth breastfeeding education class, you will learn the ins and outs of establishing and maintaining supply - how milk supply works, how often you should be feeding or removing milk, and how to establish comfortable, pain-free feeding sessions (this comes in super handy when you're down to the nitty-gritty of latching and learning with your brand new baby).
Those first few blissful days with a new baby can be a bit... blurry. While you are learning your baby’s cues, and baby is adapting to his big, new world, having knowledge of what is normal can simplify life in so many ways. A good breastfeeding ed class will discuss what to expect in the first days and weeks -normal sleeping patterns, newborn fussiness, normal frequency of feedings, cluster feeding, spit-up, gas, and everything in between.
Hey, it's great (awesome, really) to know what to expect in the early days. It's also very important to know what is NOT normal in newborn nursing. When you know something is out of the ordinary, you can get help right away when you need it the most.
In an era when bottle-feeding is normal and widely practiced, breastfeeding parents can easily question if their baby is getting enough milk. After all, us lactators aren’t exactly measuring each and every feeding! You will learn how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk and know when to call your IBCLC if you have any concerns.
You will have someone in your corner when you need help meeting your breastfeeding goals (Yes, I said this twice!). This one is huge. While many, many breastfeeding relationships get off to a great start and continue wonderfully until you are ready to wean, there are also times when you have important questions and need quick and accurate answers to support and protect the breastfeeding relationship.
Whether you are experiencing a painful latch, have concerns with baby’s weight gain, need to know how to find out if a medication is safe, are planning to pump during a return to work, or any other number of issues, having an expert in lactation on your side is beyond valuable. You will have an established support system before your baby even arrives, and you will be armed with tools to help you be your own advocate in the months and years to come.
Interested in attending a breastfeeding education class? Contact us today for more information!