Breastfeeding Education Class
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 Why Attend? 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 second trimester - ie between weeks 13 and 24. This is to allow for the mother's comfort and babies who arrive early. Of course, we are also happy to accommodate those further along than this! 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? While 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. We are generally not able to take extra people and do not hold waiting lists for fully booked classes. 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, plus membership if you haven't yet joined. Registration and membership includes: · Approx. 3 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 · 50% discount on breast pump hire rates Classes are an extra service offered by local groups to Australian Breastfeeding Association members. If you are not yet a member, please join at https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/membership/individual before booking.