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
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
Classes are held in Nollamara on Sunday mornings once a month* and are 2 hours in length - please see the Facebook page for dates and contact me to book. 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 3 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
I think this store really highlights why these classes are needed:
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, to teacher her how to be a mother, 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 that 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, we need others to teach us