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Breastfeeding Education Class - Ulverstone (July)

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Carpark Lane, off King Edward or Crescent Street

Ulverstone, Tas 7315

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Our classes are offered by qualified breastfeeding counsellors and community educators who are volunteers in your local area. Breastfeeding Education Classes (BECs) are exclusive to Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) members.

The cost of the class is only $20 plus booking fee for members or a total of $90 plus booking fee if you are not yet a member (membership costs $70 or $55 if you are concession eligible). You will need your ABA membership number to book a class so please join before booking at https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/membership

Expecting a baby? Have you got questions about breastfeeding? Most babies breastfeed within an hour of being born, so it pays to learn what to do well before your baby is due. Come to a relaxed, information-packed Breastfeeding Education Class for expectant mothers and their partners!

Although breastfeeding is natural, it doesn't always come easily and is a learned art. Our classes aim to provide expectant parents with the knowledge and confidence to successfully breastfeed.

Classes are designed for expectant parents to prepare for the vital days, weeks and months after your baby's birth.

They are presented by trained Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellors or educators. You can gain up-to-date information and insights into breastfeeding a baby and parenting in the early days in a relaxed atmosphere.

Why attend?

Australian research has shown that many mothers wish they had received more preparation for breastfeeding and the early months of parenting prior to the birth of their baby. Attending an ABA Breastfeeding Education Class complements and expands on any knowledge gained at antenatal classes and gives you the opportunity to:

Learn some of the skills you will need to care for your new baby

Find out how breastfeeding works, how to do it and what help is available

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

Find your own path amidst all the varying advice

What is covered in a class?

How breastfeeding works

Establishing breastfeeding and the first feed

Importance of skin-to-skin contact in the first hours and beyond

Positioning and attachment (how to hold and attach your baby to the breast)

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

Classes also generally include:

Printed information to take home and keep

A breastfeeding mother and baby demonstrating a breastfeed (when available)

FAQs

At what stage of my pregnancy should I attend a class?

Please consider a class during your second trimester – i.e. between weeks 13 and 24. This is to allow for your comfort and babies who arrive early. Of course, we are also happy to accommodate those further along than this! Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and classes fill up quickly.

How long does a class go for?

Classes generally run for 4 hours, including a refreshment break.

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. Research has also found that your partner’s help and support make a huge difference to the success of breastfeeding. If your partner is not able to attend or you are a sole parent-to-be, you are welcome to bring along another family member or support person.

How much does the class cost?

Our classes are exclusive to Australian Breastfeeding Association members. The cost of the class is only $20 plus booking fee, plus annual membership ( $70 if you haven't yet joined or $55 if you are concession eligible).

If you are not yet a member, please join at https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/membership/individual before booking and note your membership number for your Breastfeeding Education Class registration.

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 ABA may have upcoming meets you can attend before your baby is due.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email Marion: mrbowen@hotkey.net.au or ring 0409 899 136 (please leave a message if needed and your call will be returned)

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