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 breastfeeders. 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 mothers will have breastfed, their sisters, aunts, friends. etc. This type of support can make all the difference to a breastfeeding family's journey.
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 joining breastfeeding support groups.
Why take the Lactation.ie breastfeeding workshop?
My comprehensive, half-day breastfeeding preparation workshop 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).
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
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.
Classes cover all the basics and include lots of practical tips and skills, delivered in an interactive and fun way.
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.
- Group Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation Class at Clayton Hotel, Galway - €100*
- Private 1:1 Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation Class in your own home - Please contact me to check availability/fee**
*Can be made in two instalments if preferred.
**Two months advanced notice is usually advisable for private, individual classes.
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