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Breastfeeding Class of Distinction

I have been teaching breastfeeding classes in New York City since the 1980’s. For more than 10 years, I have exlusively taught at the premier prenatal program for expectant families in NYC at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital
                                                                           
I have been surveying the participants of all of my classes to find out what are their expectations of their upcoming breastfeeding experience. This has been enlightening, and at times a bit disturbing, to see that so many of these moms continue to worry about whether they will be able to breastfeed and/or like it. Pain, having enough milk, difficulties with latch-on, infections, pumping, weaning and returning to work were among their top concerns. Many reported having received both positive and negative feedback from close family members and friends who have breastfed. Everywhere they turn they find inconsistent information and support leading them to believe that breastfeeding is a matter of opinion.

One of my pet peeves is that most classes are teaching “Generic Breastfeeding”. This is patently ridiculous since pregnancies are not the same from conception to completion. There are different ways to conceive, a variety of types of delivery and babies come in all different sizes. Most classes give too much information without practical, simple specifics; there is a tremendous emphasis on the use of gadgets and equipment. This “Pseudo-Science of Lactation” does not translate well across the board into positive outcomes.

Some of you may have attended a prenatal breastfeeding class, perhaps you may even be an alumni of one of my classes or of The Breastfeeding Salon. I am trying to track and fill in the gaps between the fantasy and reality of breastfeeding. I invite you and your breastfeeding friends to join in the conversation.

What information or tips did you find helpful, confusing or plain wrong? Did you get these ideas from a class, a book, word of mouth, the hospital staff or your OB or Ped? Your feedback and comments contrasting pre and post breastfeeding class impressions should make a this a lively discussion!

We cannot change things if we continue to maintain the status quo.

June 21, 2010   1 Comment