Learning to breastfeed in just a few days during a hospital stay can be stressful and unrealistic. A breastfeeding course taken during pregnancy will allow you time to learn and ask questions.
1. Personal Attention
Taking a group or private breastfeeding class will allow you to get individualized attention and have your questions addressed. In-person demonstration of proper techniques from a lactation consultant will help ease any stress you may have about breastfeeding.
You will be prepared for problems should they arise and be given solutions to solve them. You’ll have less stress and more confidence when the baby arrives to start your breastfeeding journey. It will help you in making educated decisions and to become an advocate for yourself and your baby.
All moms are different. Different backgrounds, opinions, support systems, and strengths. Getting all of the breastfeeding education you can will give you the tools that you need to be confident in reaching your goals. Being confident about breastfeeding will allow you to enjoy this bonding time with the baby.
4. Community and Support
A breastfeeding course will help you form a network of support. You will be able to connect with others who may have the same concerns and questions as you. It will also assist in establishing breastfeeding resources available to you ahead of time. Then, should the need arise, you are familiar with trusted professionals from which to seek help. Women are more likely to meet their breastfeeding goals when they have a solid foundation to rely on.