Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Antenatal Breastfeeding / Chestfeeding Preparation Classes

Why breastfeeding preparation classes Classes ?

They help you in taking an informed decision for feeding your baby.

They discuss the pros and cons of different feeding methods.

They teach practical skills about breastfeeding.

They talk about myths surrounding breastfeeding.

They guide you about when to reach out for and who to reach out to , if you are facing challenges..

So many families face challenges while breastfeeding and more often than not its because of either lack of knowledge / skills or lack of timely support.Breastfeeding is a learned skill and often we imbibe what we see around us. Our current  breastfeeding rates are not very great and you will not find many people around you who have exclusively breastfed their babies for the first 6 months thus creating many doubts and confusions in your mind. It helps to get an idea about the true facts and science of breastfeeding and also know that our healthcare system mostly lacks in providing skilled healthcare support to breastfeeding / nursing families.

Becoming parents is a beautiful journey and like any other journey it helps to be prepared in advance! Your family needs to be prepared for the Breastfeeding and Parenting Journey you will embark on the moment your baby arrives! To be prepared one needs to acquire knowledge as well as learn practical skills.One needs to know what to expect, and also have a plan B.

Who all can benefit ?

These classes are primarily meant for every family expecting a baby….for example

Pregnant couples in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters (4th to 9th month) and their families.

Families  with new babies .

3 Second/third time parents who had challenges breastfeeding their previous baby/babies and their families.

Couples having a baby via surrogacy or adoption and their families.

The essential topics that a Breastfeeding Preparation class should cover

  1. Breastfeeding whyshows and wows!! (How breastfeeding works )
  2. How to prepare for the immediate post delivery/adoption period.
  3. How to make your breastfeeding plan, why is it important to convey it to your family and Doctor, how to effectively communicate it to your family and doctor. 
  4. How normal breastfeeding looks like ?
  5. Basic breastfeeding know how 
    •  How to breastfeed?
    • What is normal infant behaviour?
    •  How to know if your child is getting enough?
    •  How to avoid sore nipples?
    •  Father’s role in breastfeeding. 
    •  Why family support is crucial and how to get it?
  6. Common misconceptions and true facts.
  7. Breastfeeding mother’s diet myths and facts.
  8. When to seek support.
  9. Why is making a plan B crucial? Things do not always go as planned, it pays to be prepared 

Additional topics that are very important.

  1. Educating the support system.
  2. Small changes that make an impact on how breastfeeding goes.
  3. Maternal illnesses and medications and breastfeeding.
  4. Overcoming challenges during initial days.
  5. Breastfeeding in times of coronavirus Pandemic
  6. Interpersonal relationships while breastfeeding
  7. Sharing of workload when baby comes
  8. Maternal mental health.
  9. Breastfeeding and gadgets
  10. Joining back work and breastfeeding


Published by Dr Shacchee Baweja IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) BPNI tranied Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Specialist

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