Breastfeeding is not just about the milk. It is about building a relationship and a means to nurture our growing child.
As a board-certified lactation consultant, I cannot help but take a deep dive into this topic! Having an understanding of typical newborn behavior is key to navigating the often times confusing early days of breastfeeding. This virtual, interactive class encourages engagement and allows you to have your individual answered.
Topics We Will Explore:
- Optimizing the Golden Hour to encourage breast seeking behaviors
- Feeding frequency in the first several days and why this is important for baby and for milk supply
- Ways to get off to the best start with breastfeeding and promoting a good milk supply
- Actions to take to manage possible bumps along the way: sleepy baby, engorgement, sore nipples, delayed milk
- How it works-how breast milk is made and how some medical conditions and habits can affect your supply
- Positioning to optimize for a deep latch-it really is that important!
- Feeding and sleeping patterns of newborns
- Recognizing hunger and satiation cues
- How partners can help
- Some comon breastfeeding tools that may help in certain situations
- When to start pumping
- Breastfeeding nutrition guidelines
Some Interesting Facts About Breastfeeding and Human Milk:
- Infants develop taste preferences for the foods the mother eats during pregnancy.
- "Healthy newborns will always prefer the smell of their mother's breast milk over all other smells."
- Human milk has been described as "a customized genetic coctail specifically designed for each individual".
- "Newborn breastfed babies' saliva combines with breastmilk to release antibacterial compounds that help to shape the bacterial communities in babies' mouths."
- Moms who breastfeed tend to hold their babies more frequently. Their smell (pheramones) make us "addicted to our baby".
- Breastfeeding requires effort from both mom and baby and has benefits for both.
- Breastfed babies often have less gas, constipation and colic.
- Breastfeeding "optimizes oral and airway development".
Dr. Jane Morton at FirstDroplets.com reminds us that "breastfeeding needs the most attention in the first five days after birth, particularly the first hours". I encourage you to look at the excellent videos on early breastfeeding, hand expression and hands on pumping here.
The Breastfeeding Class Includes:
- A book with beautiful, color photos, a free companion web app with videos, and helpful printable PDFs
- Access to my favorite breastfeeding related videos for 3 months
- Class fee is 39.00 per family
- Tuesday February 15th from 6-8:30PM
- Wednesday March 23rd from 6-8:30PM
- Saturday April 30th from 10:30AM-12PM
- Thurs. May 19th from 6-8:30PM