3 Hours Breastfeeding Class for Doulas

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Birth and Postpartum doulas and health care practitioners are a vital source of breastfeeding information for new parents. Doulas are quite often the very first birth professional to assist with breastfeeding, hence playing a vital role in a mother's breastfeeding journey.

Join us for an informative and in-depth introduction to the principles, techniques and latest research involved in the amazing world of breastfeeding. Meet others working in the field of birth and postpartum support, share resources and insights, and deepen your understanding of how best to support breastfeeding families.

This class focuses on the doulas role in educating and supporting new families and meets the Breastfeeding Education requirements for the Doulas of North America (DONA) certification for Birth and Postpartum Doula and Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

In this three-hour class participants will learn:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the lactating breast

  • Composition of human milk

  • How to get normal breastfeeding off to the very best start in the first six weeks

  • The importance of skin to skin contact

  • Positioning, laid back breastfeeding and latch

  • Tips for guiding a partner in supporting the breastfeeding parent

  • Avoiding and addressing common challenges

  • Effective communication skills including the language used to work with new parents

  • Supporting breastfeeding after birth interventions

  • Improving and establishing milk production

  • Milk expression, collection, and storage

  • Alternative feeding methods when a baby needs supplemental milk

  • How to support an ambivalent or poorly resourced breastfeeding parent

  • Scope of practice and knowing when to refer and to whom

This class is located at 13743 Riverside Drive Sherman Oaks, CA 91423