This course is designed to prepare and build confidence to mothers interested in breastfeeding. Whether you are a first time mum or a mother who has found breastfeeding challenging in the past, this course will empower you.
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This course is for both expectant and existing mothers. Partners and Dads to be are most welcome (and encouraged to come) at no extra cost. Of course, babies are welcome too!
Even though breastfeeding is natural, it is a learned skill. By learning these skills, you will be a lot more confident and competent in breastfeeding your baby.
At our course, you will come away with knowledge on:
- Benefits of breastfeeding
- Anatomy of the breast
- Does size/shape matter?
- Colostrum vs mature milk
- How do I know if my baby is hungry?
- Feeding positions
- Good attachment
- The first days
- Is my baby getting enough?
- Alternatives to the breast
- Cluster feeding
- Common concerns
- Hand expression and pumping
This Breastfeeding Preparation class at The Baby Academy will help you get off to a great start and recognise and avoid some of the common speed bumps.
Fees for this Breastfeeding Preparation course are €75 per mother (Partners, Dads and babies can attend at no charge).
The Baby Academy all starts with one thing: passionate instructors. With this concept at the forefront of our minds, we set out on a mission to recruit Ireland’s leading maternity care experts, who are some of the most well-loved and trusted in the country.
Our team of health professionals are leading experts in their field. Our emphasis is on the practical, and our instructors draw on the very latest evidence-based research. In other words, our courses aim to provide parents with the most up to date information, whilst leaving them in control of making their own decisions.
Knowing that you are learning from experts gives you confidence to make the decisions that work best for you.
All you need to bring is yourself. We will provide you with a comprehensive set of notes, so that when you return home, you have a point of reference into the future.
We will break for tea and coffee in the morning (that’s on us!).
Courses are run over one day in our carefully selected and convenient venues across Ireland, with free parking on site.
- Breastfeeding results in normal immune function, normal digestive health and normal brain development.
- Your breast milk contains essential enzymes, hormones and antibodies. These are vital for your baby’s normal growth, development and good health.
- Breast milk is tailored for your baby and their stage of development. It changes as your baby grows to meet their needs and protects them from illness.
- When you come into contact with a virus or bacteria, your body will make antibodies to protect itself.
- These antibodies are passed into your breast milk so your baby is protected too. Despite years of research, science still can’t replicate this.
- The substances that are unique to breast milk cannot be synthetically made or manufactured and so are not present in Formula.
- There are over 600 properties to breast milk.
- During breastfeeding, some of the baby’s saliva gets drawn back into the breast. Receptors in the mother’s body then respond and produce antibodies to any bugs detected.
- This is believed to be one of the ways that the mum’s body makes milk specifically tailored to the babies needs.
Why is breastfeeding so good for my baby?
Breastfeeding is good for your baby because:
- Helps to protect your baby from illnesses such as chest, ear and tummy infections.
- Reduces your baby’s risk of constipation or an upset tummy.
- Reduces the risk of obesity for your baby when they are older.
- Breastfeeding has an important influence on reducing and preventing obesity. This is because:
- Breast milk contains hormones that programs your baby’s regulation of food intake
- breastfed babies control the amount of milk they consume and finish feeding when they’re satisfied. This helps them to control appetite from a very early stage
- both amniotic fluid and breast milk can introduce tiny amounts of flavour. This can influence taste preferences and food choices after weaning onto solids
- Breastfeeding is a good start in setting up appetite controls in the baby. But many other factors (such as lifestyle and nutrition) influence your baby as they grow up too.
Why is breastfeeding good for me?
Breastfeeding is good for your health because it helps:
- Helps your uterus (womb) return to normal size more quickly
- Helps you bond with your baby
- Reduces your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and diabetes
- Saves you time and money
- Is convenient, no need to carry bottles and formula with you when out and about
- Is ready when baby needs it at the perfect temperature with no need to sterilise
- Burns calories and may help you regain your pre-pregnancy weight