Everyone - even formula companies - says "breast is best", and the American Academy of Pediatrics supports this by recommending infants be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life, followed by breastfeeding in combination with the introduction of solid foods until at least 12 months of age, continuing on for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.
Sadly, in the U.S., we are failing. While 79% of U.S. infants were breastfed at least once, only 49% were breastfeeding at six months of age and only 27% at twelve months*. This falls far short of the AAP's recommendations. We, as a culture, need to increase the quality of our education and support for families. At Birth Matters, that is what we do. Our Breastfeeding class provides all the information you need to not only get you on the path to successful breastfeeding, but keep you on it!
Our class teaches...
- the physiology of breastfeeding
- about common myths vs. realities
- the essentials of getting off to a good start
- to recognize hunger cues from baby
- how to know if your baby is getting enough milk
- the correct latch-on and positioning
- the signs of a good nursing session
- the signs of when to seek help
- about when, where, and how to get breastfeeding support
Our Breastfeeding class meets once for 3 hours, and can be taken individually or as part of the Comprehensive Package. We recommend partners attend, as they are integral to the success of the breastfeeding relationship. We also recommend you complete these classes prior to the completion of 36 weeks of pregnancy. No refunds are available for cancellation or non-attendance of any class taken after 36 completed weeks of pregnancy (36.0 weeks).
We welcome birth professionals who wish to further their education by auditing our Breastfeeding class. Please contact us directly for assistance with fees and scheduling
*Data from the CDC Breastfeeding Report Card of 2014 (using statistics from 2011)
$50/family (this includes the pregnant mother and her partner)