In this workshop we help moms along with their partner feel prepared to breastfeed their baby from the moment of birth until they are ready to wean. Partners will learn the best way to support the breastfeeding mom so she can continue to nourish their child. We will explore the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby both and the amazing ways a woman’s body prepares to breastfeed. We discuss the importance of breastfeeding immediately after birth and how you can achieve this. We will discuss ways to increase your chances of successfully breastfeeding your baby for the length of time you choose. We also look at the many changes that may occur during your breastfeeding journey and how to breastfeed successfully through each change. How to help your baby latch correctly and different positions for breastfeeding are discussed and practiced. Lastly, common misconceptions and problems with breastfeeding are also looked at, as well as continuing to breastfeed when returning to work.
During the Baby Care portion of class, we will prepare both parents for the arrival of their baby and what you can expect when you bring your newborn home. We will focus on the roles of each parent as they care for their new baby, including the importance of caring for the mother. We discuss the needs of a newborn baby and how skin to skin and kangaroo care nurture an infant and promote bonding. We look at parental exhaustion and ways to encourage a baby’s sleep. Ways to soothe and make an infant feel secure are also discussed. The physical care of your infant is examined carefully as well as when a parent needs to be concerned. We also begin a discussion of the kind of parent you want to be, recognizing that there are no perfect parents!
Led by Rebecca Nguyen, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant and Early Childhood Educator or
Sue Gottschall, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant and Child Development Specialist
Cost: $100 ($75 when taken with our Childbirth Class)
Wednesday, August 7th 6:00-9:00; Wednesday, October 2nd 6:00-9:00; Wednesday, December 4th 6:00-9:00