Breast milk is the food made specifically for human babies, not only containing the proper ratio of nutrients for growth, but also immune factors that help ensure a healthy person long after breastfeeding has ended. The benefits of breastfeeding are also immediate and long-term for the nursing mom, the family and the society at large.
Although breast milk is the natural choice, breastfeeding does not come naturally to many women. An era of bottle feeding has broken women’s confidence in their bodies to adequately nourish their children. Medical experts are often suspect of the unmeasured and uncontrolled nature of breastfeeding. And the readily available and affordable substitute for breast milk has thwarted many well-intentioned women who had a difficult start to their nursing relationship. Our breastfeeding class will help women who desire to breastfeed and ensure that they get a strong start.
This class is taught by a Lisa Lederer, a board certified lactation consultant. Lisa believes that breastfeeding almost always goes well if it gets off to a good start. This class focuses on equipping women with the key points of information that keep breastfeeding on the right track.
- Before the baby preparation
- Benefits of breastfeeding
- The birth and its effects on the success of breastfeeding
- The latch
- Making milk
- What to do when things go awry
Partners are welcome at breastfeeding classes. A woman’s success at nursing her baby is largely dependent upon the support system around her. She is greatly influenced by the attitudes of the hospital staff, her pediatrician, her own care provider, her family and friends but her partner will be the best influence and encouragement when difficulties, fatigue or the “blues” set in (source).
Our Breastfeeding Class Instructor
Lisa Lederer, CNM is a mother of 4 breastfed daughters. She was a member of Le Leche League when her children were young. Lisa Lederer became a midwife in 1994 and has been actively supporting breastfeeding through pre and postnatal care, providing consulting and by teaching breastfeeding classes ever since. In 2012, Lisa sat for the board exam to become a certified lactation consultant. She continues to study and seek to learn more information that will help women have success nursing their babies.