Breastfeeding For “The Rest of Us”
When I had my oldest, I felt like most of the breastfeeding information out there wasn’t for me. So much of it seemed to assume that for a mother to breastfeed everything had to be “perfect”: a healthy, full-term, naturally birthed infant who has no issues born to a mother with no issues.
The truth is that breastfeeding is for all moms and babies- even if it doesn’t look the same for all of us. Maybe you have breast hypoplasia or a previous breast surgery and can’t make a full supply. Maybe you’re adopting. Maybe your natural birth didn’t turn out so natural. Maybe your baby has a birth defect. Maybe you have a premature baby or twins. Maybe something isn’t going right and you’re not sure what to do about it.
Breastfeeding is still for you and your baby.
With that in mind, my classes cater to “the rest of us”.
Go beyond the basics with the first breastfeeding class with a curriculum based on feedback and experiences from real moms. This class assumes that your baby is full-term and has no serious complication (prematurity, birth defect, birth injury, etc.) You’ll get a complete guide on how to prepare for your baby’s birth so that you can off to a smooth start, how to pump for work and school, your legal rights as a breastfeeding mother and a complete guide to trouble shooting so you can feel calm and happy with breastfeeding instead of worried and frazzled.
A complete guide to breastfeeding an adoption! Breastfeeding does not require a previous pregnancy, birth or even fertility. If you are adding to your family through adoption, you can still breastfeed! This class includes information on the biology of lactation, how to get started with inducing lactation, using alternative feeding methods for babies who have not breastfed before and how to build your milk supply.
Breastfeeding in the NICU was not what I pictured when I thought about having a baby. But that ended up being my first experience with breastfeeding. If you have a baby in the NICU, breastfeeding will be different. Some people may tell you that there are more important things to worry about when you have a baby who is premature or requires high level NICU care. Don’t believe them. All the medical technology in the world can’t produce milk customized to your baby’s needs- but you can. And with the demand for donor milk outstripping the supply, it’s best to give your baby any milk you can. Find out how to navigate your NICU experience- planned or unplanned- while breastfeeding.
I was going to be the “perfect” breastfeeding mother. I read up on all the positions and how to get a good latch. I read up about tongue-tie, milk supply and all the benefits of breastfeeding.
But fate had other plans.
My son required surgery on his back at 36 hours old… and all the breastfeeding positions I had so diligently studied suddenly became useless. (He couldn’t have any pressure on his back for two weeks.) I stumbled my way through pumping, gavage feedings and discovered Australian hold out of sheer necessity when no one had any answers for how to position my baby. I did manage to exclusively breastfeed my oldest for six months and for a total of two and a half years. Special needs babies can breastfeed and they need the benefits of breast milk. Whether you’ve just received a prenatal diagnosis or your baby is in the hospital and you’re pumping around clock, you’ll be prepared with this class.
Breastfeeding and Immunity: Facts and Fiction
Can breastfeeding really protect your baby from diseases? Or is the protection short-lived and minimal? Does breastfeeding really reduce a mother’s risk of serious diseases? Is it a serious risk factor in spreading diseases to babies? I conducted a thorough and exhaustive search for all the benefits and risks of breastfeeding for a variety of diseases including:
- Rotavirus/ GI infections
- Chicken pox
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- Vitamin K Deficient Bleeding
- Breast cancer
- Heart disease
This class is a one-of-a-kind experience in learning how breastfeeding affects the health of babies and mothers. We’ll talk about how the immune system works with the different factors in breastmilk to create an unbelievably customized defense for infants.
In the breastfeeding and diseases section, you’ll get fact sheets that cover most diseases on the American vaccination schedule, along with several other conditions that can affect moms and babies. Each fact sheet will tell you what the disease is, how it is caused or spread, how serious it is, and what kind of prevention and treatment are available. You’ll find out if a disease is really spread or caused by breastfeeding and the role of breastfeeding in prevention.
Perfect for parents and birth workers, after this class you’ll know more about breastfeeding and its health benefits than 99% of parents and health professionals.
The enrollment fee is $35.
To enroll go here.