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 complements 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
The relaxed and information packed seminars are a great first introduction to the Australian Breastfeeding Association's support network.
Qualified ABA breastfeeding counsellors and community educators volunteer their time to facilitate these sessions.
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 fathers/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
- Your partner/support person is strongly encouraged to attend (and attends free)