Many pregnant women and their partners worry about breastfeeding - they've heard stories about all sorts of problems that have happened when friends or family members have tried breastfeeding.
They know breastfeeding is healthy for mothers and babies, but they don't know very much about the practicalities.
This workshop begins by looking at what parents-to-be think and feel about 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 can 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 breastfeeding.
The workshop focuses on practical aspects of how breastfeeding works and how to avoid common difficulties. 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 to feel much more confident.
Sometimes partners can feel left out when their newborn baby is breastfeeding. We discuss the vital role that partners can play in nurturing mother and baby, and explore the many ways that partners can bond with their breastfeeding baby.
Karla Napier is a breastfeeding advisor based in Edinburgh, with 25 years of experience providing help and advice to mothers in all aspects of breastfeeding.
- Further dates to be confirmed.
KnotStressed Therapies, 40-42 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5DL map here.
- £20 per person and £30 per couple
What parents have said about this workshop:
"..heartwarming and inspiring watching babies in skin to skin...."
"..has transformed fear into excitement.."
"..if you don't have much time to prepare, go to this workshop.."