Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation Class
Increasingly, we hear and read that breastfeeding is natural; the biological norm. And, yes, it absolutely is! But while the majority of mothers initiate breastfeeding, far too many are unable to sustain their breastfeeding relationship long enough to meet their own breastfeeding goals. Why is that and how can we make breastfeeding a happier and easier experience for mums & babies?
Unfortunately, In Ireland, we have lost two generations of breastfeeding mothers. In countries where breastfeeding is the norm and breastfeeding rates are high, mothers-to-be will have been surrounded by breastfeeding since their own birth. Their own mothers will have breastfed, their sisters, aunts, friends. etc. will have been each other's support during their breastfeeding journeys. This type of support can make all the difference to the establishment and continuation of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a learned skill and, just like learning to walk or to ride a bicycle, it takes time.
In the absence of a strong culture of breastfeeding. many mothers in Ireland learn to breastfeed by attending antenatal breastfeeding preparation classes, by reading books and by joining breastfeeding support groups.
Why take the Lactation.ie breastfeeding workshop?
The comprehensive, half-day breastfeeding preparation workshop offered by Lactation.ie aims to give you a better insight into the kinds of interventions and misconceptions that can make breastfeeding more difficult (so that you can avoid them) and the skills and practices that will support you in having the breastfeeding experience that you hope for.
The half-day, Breastfeeding Preparation workshop is uniquely offered in Galway by Lactation.ie. It is especially helpful for parents-to-be who are unable to attend the breastfeeding portion of the free antenatal class offered by UHG Maternity or those who would like to avail of a more comprehensive and dedicated breastfeeding class.
Research has shown that mothers who spent an average total of three hours with a lactation consultant holding the IBCLC credential were almost three times more likely to start breastfeeding their newborns and to still be breastfeeding three months later (Bonuck et al, 2014).
Classes cover all the basics and include lots of practical tips and skills, delivered in an interactive and fun way.
Attendees have access to a private, 'client-only' area of my website where a selection of videos from the class and additional resources can be viewed.
For a flavour of what Galway mums and health professionals have been saying about the Lactation.ie Breastfeeding Preparation Class and my other services, please read some testimonials here
When is the ideal time to attend?
Mothers-to-be have attended as early as 16 weeks into their pregnancy. Some mothers have found it helpful to have the information early and to build on the knowledge gained. Access to key videos and additional material in the 'client only' page ensures that the information always remains fresh.
Other attendees prefer to wait until later in their pregnancy. Attending a minimum of 6-8 weeks before your baby's expected birth date is recommended.
To ensure that there is adequate time for discussion and to answer the concerns of the attendees, class sizes are limited. For this reason, it is essential to pre-register early.
Should my partner attend?
Because the support of partners, grandparents and others greatly influences breastfeeding, please invite and encourage your ‘breastfeeding champion’ (the person that will be there to support you in the early days and weeks following the birth of your baby) to attend the class with you. The class fee includes one free place for your partner/ support person [partners must be pre-registered before class].
What is the investment?
Half-day, group Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation Workshop - €100
Private, 1:1 Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation Class in my clinic in Salthill (approx. 3hrs) - €150*
*Deposit of €50 required.
Topics covered in the class include:
How birth affects breastfeeding
Normal newborn behaviour, cues and reflexes
Normal new mom emotions
Demystifying “the perfect latch”
Breastfeeding without pain
How your body makes milk
Feeding patterns in the early days & weeks
Common misconceptions and 'boobie traps'
Avoiding difficulties & finding solutions
Tools & gadgets - what's useful and what's not
Where to find support & information
Your questions & concerns
NOTICE: Due to work and educational commitments, I regret that I am unable to currently offer antenatal breastfeeding preparation classes. I would highly recommend the Mammae Online Breastfeeding Program offered by my colleague Carol Smyth IBCLC.