What is a Preparing for Breastfeeding workshop?
Many pregnant women and their partners have told us that they worry about breastfeeding – they have heard stories of mothers encountering problems when breastfeeding. They know that breastfeeding is healthy for mothers and babies, but often they don’t know much about the practicalities.
This workshop starts by looking at how parents-to-be feel when they contemplate feeding their new baby. Building on what they already know about baby feeding, the discussion explores how breastfeeding supports mother-baby connection and provides babies with warmth, food, comfort and protection. Short video clips show what babies do when in skin to skin contact in the first hour after birth; how to help your baby attach well, and a variety of comfortable positions for feeding.
The workshop focuses on the practical aspects of how breastfeeding works, and how to avoid common difficulties.
How will the workshop benefit me and my partner?
The Preparing for Breastfeeding workshop is helpful for all prospective parents who would like a deeper understanding of mother and baby biology. Learning about the instinctive ways babies and mothers help each other when beginning breastfeeding can take away some of the fear of the unknown. Understanding the signs that all is going well, learning how to recognise when expert help is needed and knowing where to get it quickly, can help new parents feel much more confident. Sometimes partners can feel left out when their newborn baby is breastfeeding. We discuss the vital role that partners play in nurturing mother and baby, and explore the many ways partners can bond with their breastfeeding baby.
The workshop is facilitated by Jenny Patterson, a qualified midwife with wide knowledge of breastfeeding and a love of supporting women in this. Jenny recently completed her PhD in birth trauma and is presently involved in midwifery research and teaching. She believes: “good quality, appropriate antenatal preparation and information can be incredibly empowering for women and their partners”
Forthcoming dates & How to book
- 14th October 2020
- 9th December 2020
- 17th February 2021
All courses run on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 9pm at our centre at 188 Pleasance. We have followed Scottish Government Guidelines and are running reduced class sizes to ensure physical distancing measures are in place, as well as increased hygiene protocols so everyone feels safe.
Please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book any of the above courses or register your interest in future dates after February 2021.
The workshop is designed to include information relevant to partners too, but women are welcome to attend without a partner.
£12 per person or £18 for a couple (concessions available)
To book your place please contact the PPC office via email