With videos, discussion and up-to-date information, this course will offer you guidance in feeding your baby at the chest and with a bottle.
After my son was born, he was immediately taken to the NICU and we spent a week there, recovering from the birth, getting well and also learning how to breastfeed. I pumped and the NICU nurses and hospital LC's helped us both get it all working before being sent home.
However for many people today, hospitals are short staffed which means less support for feeding parents, you are discharged about 24hrs after the birth and most hospitals either don't have an LC on staff or they only work certain hours during the week. All this leaves you with a gap in your feeding journey.
Many people who I work with say "I'm going to try breastfeeding, but I've had friends tell me some pretty awful stories." So many are told a horror story about breastfeeding, which can make the entire journey seem hopeless. However, on top of getting support, a good infant feeding class can remove some of that fear and confusion around feeding your baby at the chest.
I created this class to let you and your partner have the knowledge I know you will need to get started right in feeding your newborn. With humour, stories and videos I offer you up-to-date information, tips and techniques, so that you can feel more confident in feeding your baby, and knowing when things are going well and when you need to get more support or start supplementation.
This class is also judgement free. If you decide to offer formula as well or go straight to bottles, I have a section on that as well. I formula fed my first after 3 months of chest feeding, my middle son got bottles and formula after 6 months and my daughter breastfed until 9 months.
I have been a Doula and Childbirth Educator since 2006 and one thing I've learned is that when I teach a class, the parents will always remember how I gave them confidence and removed the fear from what's ahead of them, but they may not remember specific things we talked about. Let me help you with both.
This 75 minute video workshop is designed to walk you through the basics of infant feeding. Not only do I talk about the benefits of feeding your baby at the chest but we also go over holds and latches, what to expect in the first 24 hours, first couple of days, first couple of weeks. How manage those pesky cluster feeds and why they are necessary, as well as video sections on how to identify swallows and more.
You will also have access to the video for 6 months. This allows you to watch at your own pace, when you have the time and not when a class is scheduled. We all have crazy busy lives these days and there are some days when just sitting on another zoom call is not going to work for you. Or you may be a bit stressed about going into groups given the current situations. Well you don't have to. You can watch from the comfort of your own home, in your comfy sweats and fuzzy slippers.
There is also a 10 page, detailed handout with a lot of useful information and resources. This PDF can be downloaded to your phone and be available anytime you need it.