"Everyone I know quit breastfeeding."
This is the number one fear we hear from mamas who are interested in breastfeeding. Maybe your friends didn't have much luck. Maybe they told you horror stories about how difficult breastfeeding was. And maybe you hit a breastfeeding hurdle last time you had a baby.
If breastfeeding is the normal expectation of the newborn, why do so many people struggle?
Here are the most common reasons a breastfeeding relationship ends early:
- Mamas experience discomfort or pain because of a poor latch, and the don't know where to go for help
- "Helpful" family members suggest feeding alternatives, or say, "I raised you on formula and you turned out just fine!"
- Mamas lack the support of their partners and family members - not because they are bad people - but because they don't know how to support breastfeeding mamas.
- They need to return to work outside of the home and aren't confident in their legal rights to pump or breastfeed, don't know how to pump effectively, or didn't find the support they needed to meet their goals.
Participants have said:
"Great class, it was very fun and enjoyable. [My partner] enjoyed it as well. Especially the part about taking time for our relationship! It is a very important aspect that I'm sure is easily forgotten."
"I can't believe there are experts in breastfeeding! I'm glad to know of all of the resources available to me… I feel much more confident now."
I am the biggest fan of breastfeeding (even though I haven't done it in over 30 years). I started teaching breastfeeding classes because my Mom & Me Yoga students were really struggling with questions I didn't know how to answer. So I went to a training held by CAPPA and learned more than I ever thought possible about evidence-based breastfeeding. I still don't know all of the answers, but I like to think of myself as a "personal trainer" for breastfeeding. I know lots of different ways to make sure you and your baby are set up for a successful relationship, right from the start.
Here are some blog posts that Kari wrote:
The Sweet Smell of Breastfeeding Success
Breastfeeding and Medications: There's an App for That
Why You Need Breastfeeding Support
The Breast Experts
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How Enso's Breastfeeding Class is Different:
- Under three hours
- Easy to remember stories and guidelines
- Partner Support Kit included
- Completely evidence-based
Why is it shorter than the hospital classes?
We believe that coming to one class rather than two different dates is easier for some families. For that reason, we've distilled the most important information for you.
Don't babies just instinctively breastfeed?
Yes! And no! Breastfeeding takes two, so learning a bit about what you can do to support your baby makes a big difference.
Does my partner have to come?
No, but we want someone to come with you. Who will be supporting you in the week after you give birth? Bring one of those people so that they can help you remember what you learned.
Where did you get trained?
Kari took the CLE training through CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Association.
Won't the nurses at the hospital help me?
Absolutely! However, nurses are often assigned to more than one patient and have limited time to support you. Additionally, breastfeeding education is not required in nursing school, so your nurse may not know all of the answers to your questions.