Note: These classes have some free options available, and the centering space also offers free childbirth education, prenatal yoga, prenatal massage, chiropractic care, midwifery care, OB/Gyn care, pregnancy support belts and products, bellydancing and more! To learn more about free options visit www.atlantamidwifery.com
About Breastfeeding Education
Classes are designed with family wellness in mind. Classes are held in a group setting where mothers and their partners are both welcome. All mothers taking the class are encouraged to bring a support person (father, family member, nanny, doula, etc), but plenty of mothers come by themselves.
Breastfeeding 101: This class covers everything a family needs to know about breastfeeding and normal infant behavior from birth to 6 weeks. We discuss a birth plan that supports breastfeeding, breastfeeding after a surgical delivery, how to develop a long-term full milk supply, feeding positions and cues, infant behavior, and life with a new baby. The class has specific information for partner support and tips for first time fathers. ~ 3 hours, $50
Your Perfect Pump: This class is designed for mothers who will provide pumped milk to an infant care provider. Here you will get to see and touch real pumps, learn how they work, and explore the differences. Proper handling and storage of human milk is discussed as well as proper bottle feeding technique. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or care provider. ~ 1.5 hours, $50 – $35 for families who have taken Breastfeeding 101
About Mother to Mother Support
Numerous studies show that peer support is one of the greatest predictors for breastfeeding mothers in meeting their goals, whatever those goals may be. This group supports breastfeeding families of all kinds: exclusive breastfeeding, breast and formula combo feeding, complimentary feeding, full term and toddler nursing, pumping moms, and everything in between. This group gives families a safe space to share their experiences from preconception to weaning and beyond. Mothers who are having breastfeeding concerns can have questions answered by the group. This group is also a great place to get first hand recommendations on services in our community for family wellness. Pregnant women are encouraged to attend as well. A trained LC will be present to moderate.
Is Nursing Your Baby Instinctive?
Many mothers say they plan to nurse because it is the "natural" choice. While human milk is the biologically normal and optimal food for human babies, the act of breastfeeding is not an instinctive behavior in mothers. It's a learned behavior and acquired skill.
Animal studies show that big primate brains are designed for learning and developing complex social networks. Multiple accounts of primates in captivity describe gorilla and chimp mothers who did not nurse their first babies. A gorilla at the Ohio Zoo is famous for learning to nurse her second child by watching nursing human mothers.
So what does this mean for human mothers? We need experienced nursing mothers to support us in our nursing journey.
Breastfeeding classes, nursing mother support groups, and a health care team that truly supports breastfeeding are keys to success for first time mothers. Atlanta Midwifery is happy to include veteran breastfeeding mothers as part of the midwifery team. Additionally, breastfeeding classes are taught in house office by a Certified Lactation Counselor and nursing mother. Sign up at Oasislactationservices.com