1 - It’s Personal
Breastfeeding is intimate. It’s a practice that allows mothers and babies to share a close bond and it can be an incredibly joyful (or frustrating) experience. Learning the proper techniques will limit the amount of frustration you feel. With a course, you can refer to the material again and again, so you never have to question a technique, posture, or struggle to solve the answer to a problem.
Because breastfeeding is such a personal skill to learn, some mothers feel more comfortable being able to practice techniques in their own home. In this case, one-on-one lactation consultations are great -- you get the support you need in the comfort of your own space. Or you can take a video course which allows you to learn at your own pace, in your own home, anytime you want.
2 - Be Prepared
Breastfeeding classes help you prepare for the problems which invariably arise, while you have the time to learn them. (Not scrambling frantically trying to find the right solution on your phone while your newborn wails at your breast.)
Take a course in breastfeeding while you’re still pregnant -- that way you have the time to learn, and if any questions come up, or if you have a specific need, you still have plenty of time to ask.
Being prepared means you’ll experience less stress and have increased confidence, which will directly translate over to your baby. Instead of feeling frustrated when you breastfeed, you can enjoy the intimate connection with your baby and build a stronger bond.
3 - Prenatal Education
I just hate seeing mums disappointed in their breastfeeding experience.
Many of the mums i see didn’t know about the importance of prenatal breastfeeding education, they didn’t have sources of support in place, and they ended up weaning before they were ready.
With breastfeeding, it’s not a matter of if but when issues will arise (big or small). The question is, will you have the tools to weather the storm?
Getting all the education you can, and having a solid source of support is so important in reaching your breastfeeding goals.
That’s why it all starts with prenatal education. Anytime after 12 weeks gestation is a good time to start. But of course, the classes are also beneficial for those who are postpartum.
4 - Build Confidence
There’s not a one-size-fits-all way to being a great mum. We all have different strengths, backgrounds, resources, and opinions.
But we can all agree on one thing, we all need more people rooting for our success. I think its important to empower women with education and options, and support them in reaching their goals, whatever they may be. I support a lot of mums who also mix feed.
5 - Be Part of a Community
Motherhood can be lonely.
This can be especially true for breastfeeding mothers when their families, friends, or others don’t know how to support their choice to breastfeed.
Studies have shown women are far more likely to meet their breastfeeding goals if they have the support of their partner or a solid support community.
Forming a network of support and community can be very beneficial at any stage of breastfeeding.
Your community can help you determine what is normal and what is not based on shared experience. Instead of always turning to a professional for help, this network can be there for you for questions that pop up day-to-day.