Breastfeeding basics for birth doulas and childbirth educators were designed in order to allow those birth professionals to provide first aid support when the nursing mother encounters difficulties through the breastfeeding process, immediately after the birth. As a birth support figure you lead and coach your clients around the decision of whether or not to nurse their baby, and you have the honor of supporting your birth client immediately after childbirth through the first latch of her baby. The research shows that a successful beginning of breastfeeding is a prediction for a long and satisfying nursing experience for both mother and her baby. When difficulties emerge around breastfeeding, there is a great chance that you will be the one to provide ‘first aid’, before the mother contacts a breastfeeding specialist. For all these reasons and more we thought that you want to be knowledgeable about breastfeeding.
In this class you will learn about:
- The benefits of breastfeeding.
- Overcoming potential challenges in the first few weeks: engorgement, mastitis, leaking, problems with baby’s latch.
- The anatomy of the breast.
- Breastfeeding positions.
- Preparing the breast for breastfeeding.
- How does the breastfeeding mechanism work?
- What makes a good feeding?
- How to provide physiological and emotional supporting to the nursing mother?
Please note: You’ll have 6 weeks access to the class after registration.