Breastfeeding class

Professional consultants offer a broad range of services, which include everything from teaching a new mom how to position her baby on the breast to giving her tips on how to increase her milk supply or handle a breast infection.

They can also devise special feeding strategies for preemies, multiples, or infants with serious medical conditions such as heart disorder or cleft palate.

These babies especially need the extra nutrition and nurturing that breast-feeding provides. And even months into breast-feeding, moms who want help finding a good pump or figuring out the nursing implications of starting their babies on solid foods can benefit from hiring one.

Sometimes the most valuable commodity a lactation consultant offers is simple reassurance -- either affirmation that you're not a failure as a mother if you're struggling or concrete proof that breast-feeding is indeed working well. At each visit, for example, Henson's consultant weighed Daniel before and after he completed a feeding to make sure he was getting enough milk.

Facts You Should Know About Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding is the free, natural, and easy way to feed a new born infant. It is the basis for healthy growth and development and it builds a special bond between a mother and her baby.
  • Breastfeeding can reduce an infant’s development of food allergies and certain infectious diseases, including gastroenteritis, immunologic disorders and upper respiratory infections.
  • Breastfed babies have a lower risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Breastfeeding lowers the risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer as well as ovarian and cervical cancer.
  • Breastfeeding benefits the national economy. By using breastmilk, a free natural resource, artificial baby milk will not have to be purchased.
  • Breastfeeding conserves the resources of the planet. The production and transport of artificial baby milk requires valuable resources and creates waste and litter in the environment.
  • Breastfeeding is recognized as the Gold Standard for infant feeding.

Even after their breast-feeding crises are over, many mothers find it reassuring to underscore the lessons of a lactation consultant by attending a breast-feeding support group, such as those held at the Nurturing Touch Wellness Centre. Nursing goes much more smoothly if women get the support they need and when that happens, breast-feeding can be easily integrated into even the most complex lives

When Should I Call a Lactation Consultant?

Breastfeeding should be pleasant for you and your baby! If either one of you is not having a good time, something is not right. As a new mom, you have instincts to guide you. Your baby has instincts and very strong reflexes to guide him. But neither one of you has ever done this before and, most likely, you have never seen a baby breastfeed. It’s likely you will need some help.

Contact a lactation consultant immediately if you experience:

  • Any nipple pain in the first 24 hours after birth. Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt-ever! Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is not right.
  • Sore nipples that are not feeling and looking better each day.
  • Redness, pain or severe swelling in the breast.
  • Twins or more.

Or if your baby experiences:

  • Inadequate weight gain or inadequate wet/dirty diapers at any time.
  • Weight loss after day four.
  • Trouble latching on to the breast or seeming to latch on but “falling off” after a short time.
  • Long feeds after day three (over 45 minutes of continuous nursing) or feeding very frequently (every hour or less).
  • Fussiness or inability to settle after feedings.
  • Very short feedings (less than 5 minutes) or no interest in feeding at least every 3 hours.

 

You may consider meeting with a lactation consultant before the birth of your baby if you had trouble breastfeeding a previous child. A visit with a skilled LC can put things in perspective for you and help you avoid problems with the new baby. Prenatal consultations are also helpful if you have any concerns regarding your health, you’re expecting multiples, or you’ve had any surgery on your breasts or chest.

A lactation consultant can be invaluable when you’re preparing to return to the work force. She can guide you in maintaining a milk supply, pumping at work, helping baby learn to drink from a bottle or cup and assuring that you get enough sleep!

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons, including:

  • The joyful closeness and bonding with your baby
  • The specific nutrition only you can provide
  • The health benefits for you and your baby
  • The cost savings

Our breastfeeding class provides information and skills to enhance your breastfeeding experience and gain confidence through your and your baby's natural instincts.

Reminder: It is recommended that you take the Childbirth Class before taking the Breastfeeding class, as each class builds upon the other. 

Topics include:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • How milk is made
  • The art of latching
  • Pumping
  • Milk storage
  • Returning to work
  • Taking care of Mom
  • When to call for help

 

Advance registration is required and can be completed by clicking here.

 

 

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