Classes

Preparing and Getting Started with Breastfeeding Class

Research from around the world shows breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for both mother and baby. Breastfeeding is a natural process as well as a learned art. We find that the more information and resources new parents have, the easier it is to successfully breastfeed. Combining lively discussion, lecture, visual aids and an information packet, we offer classes to help prepare parents to get a good start with breastfeeding.

Topics covered in the class include:

Breastfeeding infant

  • Advantages of breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and physiology of the breast
  • Benefits of skin-to-skin contact
  • Practice of rooming-in with baby during the hospital stay
  • Positioning the baby at the breast
  • Breastfeeding during the early post-partum period
  • Overcoming difficulties
  • Life with a newborn
  • Evaluation of breastfeeding supplies including breast pumps
  • Community resources for new parents

Drawing on our 25+ years of experience working with new families and babies, we will share what we have found to be most helpful for getting breastfeeding off to a smooth start. We recommend taking this class between the fifth and sixth month of your pregnancy. It has been our experience that at this point participants are best able to absorb and retain key concepts, while having adequate time to gather more information and line up postpartum resources.

We encourage expectant mothers to bring their partner/spouse, friend or a family member to the class. The fee covers registration for both participants, a take home packet of information and follow up telephone support.

Private classes, available for $165.00 at our Newton site, are scheduled by appointment. Running time is approximately 2 hours.

If you are interested in learning more about our classes, please contact us at dot@lactationcare.com or 617-244-5593. We are committed to supporting you throughout your entire breastfeeding experience.

"All information was presented in a clear, respectful and informative fashion! Yummy cookies! Thank you so much. What a miracle breastfeeding will be..."

- Class Participant Evaluation