Why Take A Prenatal Breastfeeding Class?

By: Michelle Faoro, RN, IBCLC

Michelle Breastfeeding ClassWhy take a class?  I’ll figure it out when the baby is here…

I remember when I was studying for my IBCLC certification (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant examination) and my father, looking at the 6” tall stack of powerpoints in wide-eyed astonishment, asked “I mean….how hard can it be?!”

When everything goes perfectly, breastfeeding is exhausting and difficult in the first few weeks to months. When we then add hospital interventions, routines and environments, we add another layer of issues that make kicking off breastfeeding extra challenging. And finally, common issues such as prematurity, difficulty or inability to latch, jaundice, low blood sugar, NICU admissions, etc., if mismanaged, can take a toll on your milk supply and snowball into bigger feeding problems.

As a nurse and lactation consultant on a postpartum unit for 7 years, very few parents I saw felt they were prepared or confident about their ability to latch properly, assess how well the baby was eating, or even how often the baby should eat. Others were confident as their baby fed very poorly but, they lacked the knowledge to recognize the problem.

With moms and babies being discharged 24 hours after delivery due to Covid, parents are going home very unsure about feeding. Because we see drastic changes in feeding patterns into the 2nd and 3rd day after delivery, hospital staff are often unable to get a good sense of how well babies are feeding.

Our goal is that you go into your delivery with the knowledge and confidence to successfully reach your breastfeeding goal. Below are some of the topics and questions we’ll make sure you know BEFORE delivery:

  • How often should my baby eat in the first 24 hours? How about after day1?
  • What is the priority immediately after delivery?
  • What do I do if the baby is too sleepy to eat?
  • How do I tell if the baby has eaten enough? I can’t tell what she got and I don’t think anything is coming out.
  • What do I do if my baby can’t latch or is on and off the breast?
  • My nipples are so sore…I just have to “get used to it” or it will get better on its own.
  • I didn’t make a lot of milk with my previous child so I must be the problem.
  • My baby doesn’t “like” breastfeeding so I’ll just give a bottle.
  • I want to pump and bottle feed but, I couldn’t pump anything in the first few days.
  • What’s the best way to give my breastmilk if I can’t get the baby to latch?
  • When should I introduce bottles?
  • How do I get my baby to learn to sleep during the night?
  • When should the baby have a bath?
  • Should I consider delaying circumcision if baby is not feeding well?
  • I’ve heard nipple shields are bad but, my baby won’t latch.
  • How much weight should my baby lose after delivery?
  • Will I still be able to breastfeed if my baby goes to the NICU or I have a medical issue?

Bring your questions, get some hands-on practice and learn with us at Florida Craniofacial Institute for our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class! We will have some great give-aways and raffles!