Infant Feeding & New Baby Class
If you're pregnant and thinking about how you're going to feed your baby I offer either one-to-one education in your own home or, when demand warrants it, a group class.
Most women will be able to breastfeed their babies if they want to and get good support. For the small number of women who can't produce enough milk to fully feed their baby the act of nursing your baby still has many benefits for you both and it may be possible to supplement your baby while nursing at the breast.
Understanding how your pregnant body works to prepare for feeding your baby and then how your body will work with your baby to develop a good milk supply will make such a difference to your confidence in the early days with your new baby. Topics will include: normal newborn behaviour, the principles of comfortable and effective latching, how to optimise your milk supply and practical information about early days with your new baby.
However you are feeding your baby the early days are a time of adjustment and transformation. If it's your first baby or your umpteenth it's usually a tiring time and you may feel overwhelmed to start with. Postnatal visits are available to supplement the care you'll receive from your community midwives and allow an unhurried appointment in your own home to talk about any concerns you have and help with feeding your baby. The aim is to leave you feeling calm and confident in your ability to meet all of your baby's needs.
Often a little bit of help and support in the early days can get breastfeeding off to a really good start so that baby is feeding well and doesn't cause pain or damage to your nipples.
If you have decided to formula feed your baby it's still important to practise responsive, paced feeding and this can be discussed during a postnatal visit.
Sometimes more challenging or longstanding issues may require a longer visit. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and can assist with breastfeeding and lactation at all stages. Follow up by telephone / email / text is included in the initial consultation fee and further visits, if required, will attract a discount.