Should I Take a Breastfeeding Class?

Breastfeeding Class Instructor showing how to use a haakaa breast pump

I talk to a lot of expecting mothers and hear many of them say they hope to be successful at breastfeeding, but they aren’t sure it will work out. These hopes are mixed in with stories they’ve heard from friends and families. At least 80% of women initiate breastfeeding. That is a high percentage who want to give it a try and make it work.  

If breastfeeding is important to you, listen up!

Please help yourself by taking a breastfeeding class during pregnancy. 

Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it can be challenging for new mothers. There is a lot to know: how does milk production work, what causes milk supply to increase or decrease, getting a proper latch, how to cope with engorgement, is your baby getting enough milk? And much more.

It is essential to understand the basics to prepare for the journey ahead. By answering important questions with factual information, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and unnecessary worry. Studies show that mothers who have been educated about breastfeeding have more success and breastfeed for a longer time. 

Many expecting parents prepare for labor and birth with childbirth classes. A breastfeeding class is just as important.

Your labor and birth experience is usually a 1-2 day event. Breastfeeding your baby is something you will do for weeks, months or even years.

When I was pregnant with my first child my mother enlightened me on some of the breastfeeding myths she’d been told. She suggested I take a breastfeeding class. I learned some amazing facts about breastfeeding in the birth classes that I took, but I never found a dedicated and helpful breastfeeding class. So, I settled for buying a breastfeeding book and read it cover to cover while feeding my baby. It was a lifesaver for me during those early postpartum days. 

And this is why we at Buddha Belly have a regularly scheduled breastfeeding class. We are here to help you get the important information you need to get off to a great start with feeding your baby. 

Here are some of the benefits of taking a breastfeeding class. 

1. Learn the basics.  

Breastfeeding is often misunderstood. What people do not know about breastfeeding is often what causes the most frustration and doubt. A breastfeeding class will help because knowing is half the battle. The fundamentals you will learn about include:

  • Achieving a proper latch
  • Various breastfeeding positions and their advantages 
  • How to know your baby is getting enough milk 
  • Your baby’s feeding cues
  • How often to feed  
  • Pumping basics 
  • Milk storage guidelines 
  • Common challenges 
  • Your nutrition and diet 
  • Breastfeeding in public 
  • And more

Understanding these fundamentals is crucial in establishing a good breastfeeding routine and can help you avoid common problems like nipple pain, engorgement, and clogged ducts. Learning this information will help you maximize your baby’s nutrition, keep you comfortable, and improve bonding and your relationship. 

You might be asking yourself: “How? I won’t be able to properly learn until my baby is here and we actually try it together?” Yes, that is true. You will physically learn together once your baby.

However, there is more to it than just the physical aspect of putting your baby to your breast. 

When you understand things like supply and demand, it can change your perspective and keep you from freaking out. This improves your chances of success. For example, did you know that your baby does not need more than the small amount of colostrum your body is producing the first couple of days? 

Did you know that feeding your baby at the breast more often tells your body to make more milk? Did you know that beginning to nurse your baby while they’re still calm will allow for the most successful breastfeeding results? Once crying begins, it can be harder to properly latch.

Basic facts and true information can make a big difference in the early days of feeding when it’s all new. 

2. Gain Confidence

Breastfeeding can be intimidating, especially if you’re unsure of what to expect. It can take a little bit of time for both you and your baby to get the hang of it. However, many women succeed at breastfeeding and there are plenty of happy breastfeeding stories you may not have heard. Taking a class can provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to feel confident. You will walk away with practical information to help you overcome challenges that may arise and feel empowered to ask for help when you need it.

3. Connect with Other Moms

A breastfeeding class can provide an opportunity to meet other expectant mothers who are also planning to breastfeed. You can share your experiences and concerns, and learn from one another. Having a support network of other mothers who are going through the same experience can be incredibly valuable, especially in the early weeks and months.

4. Get Expert Advice

Don’t settle for the myths and old wives tales. What happened to your sister, your mother, your friend or your neighbor does not have to be your story. Our breastfeeding classes are taught by certified lactation consultants. They can provide you with personalized advice and answer any questions you may have with evidence based information. 

Should my partner attend the breastfeeding class with me? 

Yes! Your husband or partner is welcome and encouraged to attend this class with you. They will gain a better understanding of breastfeeding and learn how to support you. Caring for your baby is a team effort. Attending the class will help your partner feel more involved in the process, strengthen your relationship and prepare you both.

In conclusion, taking a breastfeeding class during pregnancy is an indispensable step if breastfeeding is important to you. The more you know the more prepared you will be for a fulfilling breastfeeding journey. With knowledge comes understanding and the tools and support to be successful. 

Check out our upcoming breastfeeding class schedule and register for a class here.

About Christie Collbran

Christie believes in helping women recognize their own inner wisdom, strength and power. Having served as President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network for six years and with ten years serving families as a birth doula, she has a reputation for leadership, dedication and compassion. A childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor as well as a certified doula, she makes a point of ensuring mothers and their partners understand all their birthing options and what to expect on their journey.> keep reading