When I had my son back in 2010, I found the antenatal breastfeeding classes desperately disappointing. They seemed to focus purely on how easy and natural it was, and as such I entered the world of breastfeeding hugely naive and uninformed. We were offered no information about the realities of feeding – day-to-day practicalities, timings, amounts, hunger cues, mixed feeding, routines, how to look after ourselves when feeding, what hurdles we might encounter and how to access the right support for a positive journey. It’s fair to say that the reality of breastfeeding was a big shock to me, and it wasn’t until I found the right support – postnatally – that I enjoyed or even felt engaged in feeding my son. I know that I would have had a much more positive experience if I felt really clued up and prepared ahead of Oscar’s arrival, and that’s what I want to bring to every one of you.
I don’t have an agenda with breastfeeding. I believe breast milk is nutritionally superior to formula, but I strongly believe that each woman – as with birth – has the right to make decisions based on what feels right for her and her baby. I also believe that she will make happier decisions if she is informed, armed with the knowledge, tools and techniques to make her journey more calm, positive and engaging. Happy mum. Happy baby.
And that’s exactly why I’ve scoured to find the most wonderful lactation specialist I can, Imogen Unger, and collaborated to offer you an outstanding antenatal workshop covering everything you need to know about feeding your baby.
This woman-only workshop lasts for 2.5 hours, and covers:
- How breastfeeding works – supply and demand, let down reflex, importance of emptying the breast
- How to establish a good milk supply
- Identifying early feeding cues
- Positions for breastfeeding
- How your partner can support you
- How to know if your baby is getting enough milk
- Size of a baby’s stomach/understanding milk volume
- Poo and wee (of course!)
- Troubleshooting – mastitis, sore nipples, top-up trap, tongue-tie
- Mixed feeding
- Paced bottle feeding
- Returning to work
- Your questions answered
- A full handout pack that you can take home and share with your partner
The next workshops will run on Monday 20th February and Monday 24th April, 10.00am–12.30pm in East Dulwich. Tickets are £45.
There are a maximum of 12 places to ensure that everyone has the chance to ask questions and receive personally tailored support. These workshops book up very quickly. Places will go on a strictly first come, first served basis, so if you would like a place, please book now using the link below.
HYPNOBIRTHING ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP
Due to an overwhelming demand for courses this year, I will be running one day woman-only workshops covering Hypnobirthing Essentials. The workshops will run in East Dulwich on Mondays from 10am–2pm once a month (did you know you’re entitled to paid time off work for birth preparation classes?). You will learn 3 breathing techniques, our signature massage technique, how to access and practice deep relaxation, making informed decisions in your care, how to work with your hormones and the physiology of labour and birth. There are 12 places available and the cost is £195 per person which includes a course companion, 3 MP3s, a birth plan template and refreshments.
Please book your place using the link below:
I am available for workshops and events, and have a limited amount of availability for guest speaker roles within the industry. If you would like to know more, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTNATAL & MOTHERHOOD EVENTS
YESMUM Moon Club • a monthly nurturing supper club for mothers, run under each beautiful full moon • our May supper is fully booked but you can book a spot on our June supper here • join the waiting list for future suppers here.
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