DURING THE TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING DUE TO COVID-19, classes will be held LIVE via a video platform called Zoom.
If you register for a class, you will be sent the link with instructions on how to participate before the class.
Because these classes are virtual, please encourage others who are not physically located near Babies in Common in Northborough, MA, to consider registering.
During the online classes, you will ideally also be seen by the other participants, particularly when you are asking a question or making a comment (especially during the very brief participant introductions) but you'll have the option of turning on and off video in case there's a time that you'd like to be hidden. You will be muted during the class except when you "raise your hand" within the Zoom software and I will unmute you to ask a question or make a comment (just to keep it organized). You'll see me as well as occasional slides (and you'll receive all or most of the slides in your online "homework", depending on the class).
You'll also be able to ask questions to me privately after class. If you have specific health or history concerns about breastfeeding/lactation/feeding, it may be appropriate for us to schedule a prenatal feeding consultation, which is often reimbursed by health insurance plans. Click here to schedule a Prenatal Feeding Consultation.
Why Take This Class?
Breastfeeding Ready was created to be an entertaining and thorough class that talks about the best ways to establish the best nursing relationship with your baby, starting at birth and even before baby arrives. You're on this page looking for a breastfeeding class, which means you must already know the benefits of breastmilk. But, there's so much more to know, though, so register for class as soon as possible! Ideally, you'd be done with all prenatal education classes by your 36th week of pregnancy. And YES, your partner or someone who will be close by after your baby arrives is expected to join you in class (it may actually be more important for them than the person giving birth!).
Why is This Class 3 Hours?
In case you've looked at other breastfeeding classes, they tend to be shorter. I have found over the many years that I've taught this class that there's just too much I want to tell you and a lot of questions that come up, so I want to allot enough time so we don't feel rushed but yet can cover everything needed. It's not boring, there's massage included and you'll feel much more ready for that first latch and the first few weeks of your baby's life!
What is Included in Class?
In Breastfeeding Ready, we'll discuss:
- what you want to know
- how to start your nursing relationship off to the best start at birth
- how to prevent and treat some of the most common issues that come up in the early weeks of nursing a new baby
- hand expression of colostrum and milk: when, how and why
- positions for nursing (there's a baby doll here for you to practice with)
- demonstrate the use breastpumps, too (don't worry, not on real breasts...although if you want to volunteer...just kidding!).
- how to work with your care providers to ensure breastfeeding and lactation are supported, even if your baby isn't gaining enough weight or you need to take medication.
- how partners and others can get involved (and ideally at least one person who will be with you in the days and weeks after your birth will come to class, too!).
- how to get through the first days and weeks feeling supported
- sore nipples, colostrum and milk expression, tongue-tie, pooping and peeing (the baby, not the parents), pumping, choosing breastpumps
- when to call in a professional (and who to call)
- what you need and don't need (products)
- what you can drink and eat while making milk
- storing milk, how to choose a breastpump and how to use a breastpump (don't worry, we won't practice on real breasts...although if you want to volunteer...just kidding!).
- what you need and don't need, as far as breastfeeding and pumping stuff
- alternative methods of feeding babies when breasts aren't working well or aren't available
- getting safe sleep (and finding sleep) when you live with a nursing baby
- Improving milk production and breastfeeding with your baby through skin-on-skin time and playtime
- Improving milk production and breastfeeding through babywearing
- And you'll receive a link to a generous selection of reading materials and videos just for class participants!
- Bonuses just for class participants.
- Remember, talking about boobs is fun!
Who & How Much?
The fee is per couple. What is a "couple"? Typically, it's two people (one pregnant, one non-pregnant support person). As far as this class goes, if you are expecting a baby (giving birth, adopting or co-parenting and plan to breastfeed), this class is for you and one support person (partner, relative, friend) who will be helping you care for the baby after his/her arrival! HOWEVER, if you'd like have a grandparent-to-be along with you, please do (in addition to your partner/other support person).
This is a one-time class, 3 hour class on a Sunday evening, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
$80 per couple
Upcoming Classes (choose one)
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April 18 May 16 June 13
July 18 August 15 September 19
October 17 November 14 December 19
About the Instructor
This class is taught by Jeanette Mesite Frem, mother of two full-term nursing children, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant/Registered Lactation Consultant, experienced birth doula, certified childbirth educator, former childbirth educator trainer, public health specialist, certified nursing bra fitter, moms group leader and former owner of a local maternity and parenting center.
If you are interested in this class and have questions, please contact email@example.com