I literally had never spent one minute of my life considering how a baby was fed until I showed up to couplet care as a student nurse one day.
I was shocked by how HARD it was. How there needed to be pamphlets and help. I mean, the baby cow just walks up to the mom cow and it just WORKS.
Where did mother nature leave us so alone?
When I teach prenatal classes, and when I talk to my patients I’m adamant to share that this is something that will take a little practice. Much like riding a bike it does take a little time to get used to it.
And that’s ok.
It might be frustrating, though — sometimes to the point of tears., and frankly — sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t work.
And I do believe that any prep you can do will only assist you in the later days. Just be aware of what’s going to come up.
Up until now, I felt like the best classes needed to be taken at your local hospital. I just hadn’t found a class that would really support you in breastfeeding.
But now I have.
And I’m super picky. I started watching these videos with a chip on my shoulder.
Personal Bias: I have a REALLY hard time with nazi lactation consultants. I really believe that you need a sane mom with support who is thoughtful of her as well as the baby in breastfeeding. Sometimes breast truly is not best and I REALLY appreciate that these women are thinking about YOU.
Love, love, love it.
Anyway — I recommend a few breastfeeding classes.
- Milkology — I love the price, and this is the basic hospital breastfeeding class done REALLY well. Just the basics, and a GREAT price for it!
- Simply Breastfeeding — a bit more in-depth (and the price shows) it’s like getting taught by your sweet grandma. A good class indeed.
- Lactation Link — this is the rolls royce of breatsfeeding. Lindsay does an AMAZING job. If you REALLY want to succeed, Lindsay’s your girl.
I have a whole post on when to take a breastfeeding class, where I go over those options a bit more thoroughly.
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