Newborn & Breastfeeding class

"Breastfeeding is natural, so why is it so hard to do?"

We hear parents say this almost daily. 

Yes, breastfeeding is natural, but so many struggle.  Why?  

Over the last 3 years of seeing clients for breastfeeding support I have come to realise that for the majority of them their only issue is misinformation and a lack of understanding - and this is not their fault. 

 

Very few people have seen others breastfeeding for extended periods of time, nor have they spent a lot of time with newborns.  A lot of their 'education' comes from social media, TV, or friends/family who may not have had the best journey themselves, and the rest is just 'winging it'.  Then throw in conflicting information from other health professionals, and you get very confused and stressed parents!

 

The information in these classes is based on the most frequent information I pass onto new parents.

 

Get the education prior to birth to be better prepared for your new role as new parents

New!

The Breastfeeding and Newborn Preparation Class is now available online as a series of videos - with 3 months unlimited access!

Parenting is maybe the most important job you will ever have, yet there is no university or TAFE course to learn how to do.  It's expected that you will just know what to do....but if you have never watched parents look after their baby, how will you know what to do?

This class is perfect for first time parents-to-be (although anyone is welcome).  The aim is to prepare parents for their newborn baby and breastfeeding.  

In this class we will discuss 'normal' newborn behaviour from a biological  point of view, up to 3 months old.  So you can understand what they need from you, and prepare for the changes that will happen in your life, and how to look after yourself

​Things we will discuss:

  • What should be done immediately after birth to optimise breastfeeding and bonding

  • Good breastfeeding positioning and attachment

  • What is normal, and what is not

  • How to know baby is getting enough

  • A plan for your first 6 weeks post birth

  • Expressing for work or time away

  • Common myths and issues

  • aWhy they behave like they do

  • How to maximise opportunities to sleep 

  • Parents self care

Note - the same information is presented in the HypnoBirthing classes and/or if you see me for antenatal care

I can also provide postnatal midwifery care up to 6 weeks post birth, to help you with breastfeeding and the transition to parenthood

Classes are held in Nollamara every 2nd Sunday morning of the month* and are 2 hours in length.  You may do the class at any point in your pregnancy but 32-36 weeks is ideal - so the information is still fresh when baby arrives.  Classes are limited to 4 couples

Price - $70/couple.  Bookings are essential - please text or email me to book

If you need a lactation consultant appointment after baby is born you will only pay the 'follow-up' fee of $100/hr in home or $80 in clinic (you can get Medicare rebates up to 6 weeks post birth with a doctor's referral)

*Extra classes may be put on if there is demand.  Private sessions are also available for $150/couple 

In 1987 a gorilla who had been raised in captivity had to have her first baby taken away from her, because she did not know how to look after it.  When she got pregnant a second time the zookeepers tried to give the her dolls to look after, but she wasn't interested

Along came a La Leche Legaue Leader (similar to the Australian Breastfeeding Association).

She volunteered to teach the gorilla how to breastfeed and look after her baby.  How?  By feeding her baby in front of the gorilla.

At first the gorilla was not all the interested, but by the third session, she was watching the leader with interest.  And by the time her baby was born she was proudly showing off how well she was looking after the new baby

We are like that gorilla being raised in captivity - we don't see breastfeeding happening on a daily basis, so we don't know what to do

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