Breastfeeding Class

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Breastfeeding Class
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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 5:23pm

This past week my DH and I took a breastfeeding class and I would defiantly recommend taking one. We learned so much in the class about the different holds and exactly how to do it, the benefits, bras, pumping, how to feed correctly from a bottle, and how our SO could support us in our effort. There were a lot of husbands there supporting their wives, which is always nice to see. The one I took was from the hospital I am delivering at and they did not have an all or nothing attitude about it. 

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 8:39pm

I'm glad that you found the class beneficial. DH and I are taking parenting classes for eight weeks.

1st class: Introductions/Nutrition

2nd class: baby basics (looking forward to this one)

3rd Class: Labor and Delivery

4th Class: Labor and Delivery pt. 2

5th Class: Feeding Options

6th Class: First Aid

7th Class: Budgeting/Infant Brain Development

8th (final) Class: Discipline/Pizza Party

The classes are offered for free and we get a $150 gift card to Walmart at the last class (if we attend at 7/8 classes) toward baby stuff! We had our first class tonight and it's supposed to last 1 1/2 hour(s) each class, but this one only lasted an hour, which was nice since it's later in the evening. I do find the information informative, plus you can't beat free stuff!

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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 9:42am
I'm glad your class went well and that they covered bottle feeding as well. Amanda your classes pretty much cover everything! I need to look into what they offer in my area.

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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 10:10am
That is really nice! I was wishing we would have taken the breast feeding class offered at our hospital too when we took our child birth classes. It might have really helped! Nursing did not work out for us because our son was tongue tied when he was born and they did not clip the connective tissue until he was 4 days old, so during that time we ended up having to give him bottles because he could not latch properly. After getting used to the bottles for even a few short days he never took to nursing after that, bottles are so much easier for them to eat from so he did not want to have to "work" at nursing. He is still exclusively breastfed though, I pump and we bottle feed. I definitely wish we could have nursed more though.

That is really nice that they did not have an all or nothing attitude about it as well. I think the lactation consultants at my hospital were kind of extreme, the morning after he was born he would not nurse and after his circumcision he was so tired he wouldn't wake up to eat after that either, so I wanted to pump and syringe feed him a little, because he HAD to eat. They did not want me to do this, but thankfully one of the nurses brought the pump and syringe in so we could because she understood he needed to eat too. And when I mentioned just pumping and bottle feeding the consultant looked at me like I was crazy and said it's too hard and would end up giving up and going to formula, and I just needed to nurse no matter what. Well here I am over 2 months still pumping and bottle feeding with absolutely no plans of stopping! They can really be bullies sometimes. :smileywink:
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 3:09pm
When I did clinicals in labor and delivery we heard about this woman they called the breast nazi. Apparently she forced mom's to try to breast feed and was very extreme about her methods. She wouldn't let them syringe feed to get them started because they don't have to work at it and will possibly have problems latching after having it too easy. I am so glad I'm not delivering at that hospital because I would never want to deal with someone like that. As honorable as her intentions were, some women don't want to breast feed and some try and end up pumping and bottle feeding. There is no right or wrong...it's different with each parent and each child!

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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 7:08pm

Local hospitals usually offer them. Wherever you're planning on delivering check the website or call to see what they have.

When we first found out we were pregnant, we wanted confirmation before our first appointment, so we found a free test center (thanks to Google) and they also offered free classes (w/the gift card at the end of the class).

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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 12:20pm
I'm a little bummed and I think they no longer offer the breastfeeding class to mom's prior to delivering. However I found it really interesting that they are now offering a cloth diapering class to give info about cloth diapers and why it may work for you. It sounded like they explained the different types so you could order the correct type that you need. I'm going to try to get enrolled in that asap since we're thinking about cloth diapering at least part time. I may change my mind, but I think it would be a good thing for the environment. I was cloth diapered and said for years that I'd never do it for my kids, but they have made such better diapers now and I'm shocked that I'm actually considering it! I'm going to have to look more into the breast feeding class though, I know they used to offer it since I work at the hospital I remember hearing about it. All I saw on their website was more of a support group for moms after they deliver to give helpful hints and support on going back to work while breastfeeding etc.

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Sun, 09-23-2012 - 8:57pm
If you haven't found this yet, I stumbled across this blog with a post about exclusively pumping today. http://www.naptimetales.com/2012/05/pump-pump-it-up.html
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