I offer several antenatal class options:
'Preparation for Breastfeeding' Antenatal classes
For those who plan to breastfeed and would like to be well prepared. These classes are for you.... and, if you wish, your partner or another close friend or family member who will be supporting you in the early weeks.
I offer a set of 2 classes, covering what I consider to be the essential basics, each 1.5 hours long, usually over 2 weeks. (I find that a single class is never enough - there is so much to talk about!).
- Why breast milk and breastfeeding are important
- The role of instincts and hormones
- How milk is made and how babies feed
- Why a good latch is key
- What to expect in the early days
- Some common difficulties and potential challenges
- Support - more than a good bra!
- The role of partners and other helpers
- Normal BF baby behaviour - some realities
- Anything you want to ask/find out
One-to-one Antenatal Session
A personal antenatal class tailored to your specific needs. This might work well for you if your work commitments don't fit in with the scheduled classes, or if you have particular issues that you would like to be able to discuss in more depth. Generally a single 2-hour session, but I am happy to extend this. The class can either be held in your own home, or at my own comfortable office space in Dumfries.
I can also offer a similar session to a small group of mums-to-be. Please contact me to discuss.
De-brief of a previous experience
If your breastfeeding experience with a previous baby was not satisfactory, it can help to talk this through now before the arrival of the new baby. There are lots of reasons why breastfeeding does not always work out well and gaining some insight into contributing factors will help you to prepare positively for breastfeeding this time around.
‘Find out more about Breastfeeding’ - A general antenatal session
An open session to which all parents-to-be are welcome, regardless of current feeding plans. Learn a little more about the many positive aspects of breastfeeding as well as some of the realities. A good way to meet me informally, to ask any questions and to maybe share some hopes and concerns.
I hope that this session will inspire you to be positive and realistic about breastfeeding, however, there is absolutely no pressure to breastfeed or any commitment expected from you.
These are FREE sessions. They will run approx every 3 months. See my facebook page or contact me for details.
My Gift Vouchers can be made up for any amount. They can be used towards either an antenatal class or a postnatal consultation.
Why not ask friends/family for a gift voucher for your baby shower? A great way for them to show their support for breastfeeding!