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Breastfeeding Ready

Breastfeeding Ready is a live*, interactive prenatal class that covers how to prepare for baby’s arrival, what to do immediately after birth to increase the likelihood of a good latch and plentiful milk supply, what to look for in the first few days and weeks to ensure all is going well and when to call for help.   This class is for anyone who plans to nurse/breastfeed/chestfeed/lactate/pump AND their partner or support person should attend as well--it may actually be more important for the partner/support person!  Ideally, you'll be done with all prenatal classes by 36 weeks or so.

What's included in class?

  • the content of human milk and why it is powerful
  • what to look for in pregnancy as signs your body is preparing to make milk
  • hand expression of colostrum and milk: when, how and why
  • how to start your nursing relationship off to the best start at birth
  • hand expression of colostrum and milk: when, how and why
  • how to get a deep latch and comfortable positions for feeding your baby
  • treating engorgement
  • what partners and others can do to help (including learning some massage techniques!)
  • how to know when baby is getting enough
  • how to prevent and treat some of the most common issues that come up in the early weeks of nursing a new baby like sore nipples, slow weight gain, low milk supply, tongue-tie, supplementation, normal newborn feeding cycles, bottlefeeding other alternative feeding methods
  • when to call in a professional (and who to call)
  • what you need and don't need (products)
  • a quick demonstration of the use of a breastpump and discussion of milk storage
  • what you can drink and eat while making milk
  • 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
  • And participants will receive a link to a generous selection of “homework” materials/resources and access to your instructor after class if you have questions (immediately after class for more Q&A if you want to linger on the call or later via email).

* 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 be seen by the other participants, particularly when you are asking a question or making a comment (especially during the very brief participant introductions).  You are invited to interact but best to stay muted when you aren't asking a question or making a comment. You'll see your instructor as well as occasional slides and videos (and you'll receive all or most of the slides in your online "homework", depending on the class).  

After class ends, your instructor will stay on the call for any further questions that weren't answered during class (but questions during class are encouraged!) and you can email your instructor later, too, if you'd like.  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.

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)

2021

April 24       May 16      June 13

July 18      August 22       September 19

November 14     December 19

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Click here to find out about class package discounts!

About the Instructor

About the Instructor

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 jeanette@babiesincommon.com

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