Benefits of Prenatal and Breastfeeding Preparation
Breastfeeding classes provide comprehensive education on the how the breast makes milk and the actual mechanics of breastfeeding. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll feel empowered to navigate the intricacies of nursing and make overcoming any potential challenges a bit smoother with your IBCLC. Understanding the science behind breastfeeding allows individuals to make informed decisions that align with the health and well-being of both the parent and baby. Our goal at Lactation Room is to support you on your journey. We will provide the compassion, knowledge, and insight to allow you to make the best decision for you and your family.
Breastfeeding is a learned skill for both the parent and the baby. These classes offer practical demonstrations on proper latch techniques, feeding positions, and effective ways to troubleshoot common issues such as nipple pain or inadequate milk supply. By learning what to expect within the first few hours of life to the first few weeks you will be mastering these skills before the baby arrives. Having the information will help empower you to have a more enjoyable breastfeeding experience early on.
Many new parents express concerns about their ability to breast, chest, or bottle feed successfully. Breastfeeding classes instill confidence by addressing common fears, dispelling myths, and providing realistic expectations. Expectant parents gain a deeper understanding of the challenges they may face and, more importantly, learn strategies to overcome them. This newfound confidence is invaluable in promoting a positive infant feeding journey.
These feeding classes are not exclusive to mothers or birth parents; they actively encourage the involvement of partners. Partners can learn how to provide essential support, understand the emotional and physical changes that accompany breastfeeding, and contribute to a supportive environment. Inclusive education fosters a shared responsibility for the well-being of both the birth parent and the newborn.
Breastfeeding can be an emotionally charged experience, and IBCLCs offer emotional support to the entire family. Our goal is to help identify and address any concerns in a supportive manner while also validating feelings and provide encouragement to help parents build confidence in their breast/chest feeding abilities.
Develop a Community of New Parents
Babies often bring together a community of expectant parents who share similar experiences and concerns. This sense of community can be reassuring and comforting, providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, advice, and emotional support. Building connections with other parents can be a vital resource during the challenging early days of parenthood.
Lactation Room Community Connection is a Free drop-in weekly parent meet-up, in-person or virtually that is open to the community every Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.- 12pm at the North Bethesda Lactation Room Office and also via Zoom. This group is designed to support expecting, new, and experienced parents who are looking to build a safe and inclusive community.
The goal for our Lactation Room Community Connection is to cultivate mini communities, helping you to make meaningful connections with other parents who are at similar stages in life. All feeding choices are respected and welcome! The Lactation Room North Bethesda Community Circle meet-up is led by Mary Bailey, who is an experienced parent, Registered Dietician, and IBCLC who has supported families for over 15 years.
Bringing a new life into the world is a momentous occasion that comes with a myriad of decisions and responsibilities. We want you to embark on this journey with confidence and knowledge, and our Lactation Room team offers a collaborative approach to care and our providers include IBCLCs, Registered Nurses, Registered Dieticians, and Family Nurse Practitioners. The benefit of collaborative care ensures that our patient’s receive comprehensive support for breast/chest feeding. Let us help you create the lactation network you need to reach your goals!
“I highly recommend any new mom to reach out to Lactation Room for assistance. I wish I knew about them three years ago when my first child was born. Thankfully a friend recommended me this time and I was able to receive wonderful support and help from Jessica and Mary. Jessica initially met with me and was so calm, kind and helpful. I scheduled a follow up session as I was still having some troubles when I got home and met with Mary. Mary provided the same care Jessica did. They both sent follow up messages giving me all of the information we talked about with helpful pictures and videos. I really am so thankful for my time there. My son now is almost 2 months old and we are doing great with nursing! Such a difference experience then I had with my first born.
Pricing and Insurance
Private or Group Class Consultation – In-office
Filed to In-network insurance plans
Private or Group Class Consultation – In-office
Self-pay fee – call for pricing
Private Individual Prenatal Class Consultation – In-home
Travel fee is $40.00 and will be filed through insurance if plan is eligible with Lactation Room