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Having a Baby? Have you got questions about Breastfeeding? Come to our relaxed information-packed sessions, for expectant mothers and fathers and learn about the best start you can give your baby.
Although breastfeeding is natural and best for babies and mothers, it doesn't always come easily and is a learned art. Most women given time and support can, and do, breastfeed. Our aim is to provide expectant parents with confidence to successfully breastfeed their babies.
Our courses are designed for expectant and new parents to prepare for the vital days, weeks and months after their baby's birth. We encourage parents to attend while pregnant or early after the birth. These sessions aim to expand upon the knowledge gained at antenatal classes, to give up-to-date information and insights into breastfeeding a baby and parenting in the early days.
PLACES ARE LIMITED SO EARLY REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED
Classes are an extra service offered by local group volunteers to Australian Breastfeeding Association members. If you are not yet a member, please join at https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/membership/individual before attending the class ($65). Alternatively you can bring your credit card details along to the class and we can sign you up then.
Please try to arrive by 5.20pm and the class will commence at 5.30pm. The class runs till approximately 8pm and a light supper including tea and coffee is provided. You might like to bring a cushion if you think it would make the seating more comfortable.
Australian Research has shown that new mothers wish they had received more preparation for breastfeeding and the early months of parenting prior to the birth of their baby. Attending an Australian Breastfeeding Association Breastfeeding Education Class compliments the knowledge gathered at antenatal classes, and give you the opportunity to:
Learn some of the skills you will need to care for your new baby
Make informed choices about breastfeeding
Realistically prepare for the changes about to happen in your life
Discuss questions and concerns you may have about breastfeeding
Develop a support network before giving birth
Meet other women who share your commitment to breastfeeding
Find your own path amidst all the varying advice
Topics will cover:
How breastfeeding works?
Establishing breastfeeding and the first feed
Importance of skin-to-skin contact in the first hours and beyond
Positioning and attachment
Understanding your milk supply
Discussion of what is 'normal' for a breastfed baby
Role of partners in breastfeeding
Adjusting to parenthood - survival tips for the early days and weeks with a new baby
Common concerns and problem solving
The sessions include:
Up to date information and notes to keep
Breastfeeding mother and baby in attendance to demonstrate a breastfeed (when possible!)
Frequently Asked Questions:
At what stage of my pregnancy should I attend a class?
Please consider a class during your last trimester. Of course, we are also happy to accommodate mums at any stage of pregnancy.
Should my partner come too?
Absolutely! They might not be doing the breastfeeding, but can be your major support and it really helps for them to learn everything with you. If your partner is not able to attend, you can bring along a friend or other support person if you wish.
I am having twins! Do you have a special class for me?
You are welcome at our regular classes, where your special needs can be briefly addressed
My baby is due in the next few weeks. The class I want says it is fully booked! HELP!
Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and classes fill up quickly. However, your local group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association may have upcoming meetings you can attend before your baby is due.
How much does the class cost?
Our classes are exclusive to new or existing Australian Breastfeeding Association members. The cost of the class is only $20.00 per couple (plus $2.19 booking fee), plus membership if you haven't yet joined.
What if I give birth before the class and miss it?
No problem - we will refund you :)
Registration and membership includes:
Approx. 2.5 hour workshop-style class, including time for refreshments
One-year membership of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, which includes
The book Breastfeeding ... naturally, valued at $35.00
Introduction to your local ABA network of discussions and other services for pregnant and new parents.
One year subscription to Australian Breastfeeding Association magazine "Essence"
Complimentary handout material
10% discount on purchases from Mothers Direct
50% discount on breast pump hire rates
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The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is Australia's largest breastfeeding information and support service. Breastfeeding is a practical, learned skill and ABA help more than 80,000 mothers each year. ABA also provides up-to-date information and continuing education for thousands of health professionals working with mothers and babies.