Breastfeeding classes aim is to provide expectant parents with the knowledge and confidence to successfully breastfeed. One of the most important skills that a new baby and mother have to learn together is how to position and attach baby to the breast.
Why attend a breastfeeding class?
- Find out how breastfeeding works, what help is available
- Discuss questions and concerns you may have about breastfeeding
- Learn how to hold and attach your baby to the breast
- Understand your milk supply
- Role of partners in breastfeeding – they can be your major support and it really helps for them to learn everything with you. If your partner is unable to attend, consider bringing along another support person.
- Adjusting to parenthood - common concerns and problem solving
- Breastfeeding is the perfect time to bond with your baby, so make it a calm and enjoyable experience for you both.
- Her mouth must be open wide when you aim the nipple towards the roof of her mouth.
- Try to make sure your baby gets a big mouthful of nipple and breast every time.
- She will usually bring her tongue down and forward over her gums in readiness to attach.
- Allow your baby to finish at one breast before offering the other.
- If your baby falls asleep at the breast, don't worry. As long as you're confident she has fed well, it's fine to put her to bed.
- Hold her in different positions to find the most comfortable one for you both.