Breastfeeding seminars

How moms-to-be can prepare for breastfeeding

August is National Breastfeeding Monthand families may still need help with breastfeeding care and support even after they return from hospital.

Whether it’s a family’s first or fourth baby, every experience is different and breastfeeding can be challenging.

Angela Navara, RN and Methodist Health board-certified lactation consultant, says lactation consultations are free by appointment and you don’t need to give birth in a hospital. Methodist to make an appointment.

During a consultation, mom and baby will come in, and the baby will be weighed. The mother will breastfeed the baby and then the baby is weighed after the mother has breastfed. Doctors can then measure how much the baby transfers from its mother. Doctors can also help with other issues the mother may have, such as painful latching or difficulty latching on, and a plan will be put in place for both mother and baby.

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Prenatal classes, breast pump rentals and support groups are also available for any new mom or new family, regardless of where she gives birth, Navara said.

Navara says they encourage all prospective couples to also attend the Beyond Baby Blues class and support group. This course can better prepare new parents to recognize the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression. Screenings for postpartum depression are also available.

To find out more about classes at Methodist Healthcare, you can visit their website.