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Breastfeeding Class – This class is free to our patients
October 16 @ 06:00 - 08:30
This class can be taken by others outside of our practice for a fee of $150
Our breastfeeding class is an educational program designed to provide expectant parents with knowledge, skills, and support to successfully breastfeed their infants. This class aims to empower parents by equipping them with the necessary information and techniques to establish a positive breastfeeding experience.
The content of the breastfeeding class cover the following topics:
- Benefits of Breastfeeding: Explaining the numerous advantages of breastfeeding for both the baby and the mother, including nutritional benefits, bonding, immune system support, and long-term health benefits.
- Anatomy and Physiology of Breastfeeding: Understanding the anatomy of the breast, the milk production process, and how breastfeeding works, including the baby’s latch and suckling reflexes.
- Establishing a Good Milk Supply: Providing information on how to establish and maintain an adequate milk supply, including tips for initiating breastfeeding in the early days and managing common challenges like engorgement or low milk supply.
- Breastfeeding Techniques and Positions: Demonstrating various breastfeeding positions that promote effective latch and optimal milk transfer, such as cradle hold, cross-cradle hold, football hold, and laid-back breastfeeding.
- Signs of Effective Feeding: Educating parents on how to recognize signs that their baby is getting enough milk, including feeding frequency, duration, and weight gain patterns.
- Overcoming Challenges: Addressing common breastfeeding challenges such as sore nipples, engorgement, mastitis, and how to troubleshoot and seek support when facing difficulties.
- Breastfeeding and Nutrition: Discussing the nutritional needs of breastfeeding mothers, including recommendations for a balanced diet, hydration, and the use of supplements.
- Pumping and Storing Breast Milk: Providing guidance on expressing and storing breast milk, including information on choosing and using breast pumps, establishing a pumping routine, and safe storage guidelines.
- Partner and Family Support: Emphasizing the importance of partner and family support in breastfeeding success, including ways partners can assist with breastfeeding, understanding their role, and addressing common concerns or misconceptions.
- Returning to Work or School: Discussing strategies for balancing breastfeeding with employment or educational commitments, including pumping at work, maintaining milk supply, and understanding legal protections for breastfeeding mothers.