Our Breastfeeding Education Classes (BECs) aim to provide expectant parents with the knowledge and confidence to successfully breastfeed.
Australian research has shown that many mothers wish they had received more preparation for breastfeeding and the early months of parenting prior to the birth of their baby. Attending an Breastfeeding Education Class complements and expands on any knowledge gained at antenatal classes and gives you the opportunity to:
- Learn some of the skills you will need to care for your new baby
- Find out how breastfeeding works, how to do it and what help is available
- Make informed choices about breastfeeding
- Realistically prepare for the changes about to happen in your life
- Discuss questions and concerns you may have about breastfeeding
- Develop a support network before giving birth
- Find your own path amidst all the varying advice
What is covered in a class?
- How breastfeeding works
- Establishing breastfeeding and the first feed
- Importance of skin-to-skin contact in the first hours and beyond
- Positioning and attachment (how to hold and attach your baby to the breast)
- Understanding your milk supply
- Discussion of what is 'normal' for a breastfed baby
- Role of partners in breastfeeding
- Adjusting to parenthood - survival tips for the early days and weeks with a new baby
- Common concerns and problem solving
Classes also generally include:
- Printed information to take home and keep
- A breastfeeding mother and baby demonstrating a breastfeed (when available)
Frequently Asked Questions
At what stage of my pregnancy should I attend a class?
Please consider a class during your second trimester – i.e. between weeks 13 and 24. This is to allow for your comfort and babies who arrive early. Of course, we are also happy to accommodate those further along than this! Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and classes fill up quickly.
How long does a class go for?
Classes generally run for 3-4 hours, including a refreshment break.
Should my partner come too?
Absolutely! They might not be doing the breastfeeding, but can be your major support and it really helps for them to learn everything with you. If your partner is not able to attend, you are welcome to bring along another family member or support person.
I am having twins! Do you have a special class for me?
While you are welcome at our regular classes, where your special needs can be briefly addressed, we also run classes specifically for parents of multiples in some states.
How much does the class cost?
For ABA members, classes are just $20 plus a booking fee. If you are not yet a member, the cost for a class is $90 (plus booking fee), which also includes an ABA Personal Membership for 12 months. To find out what additional benefits you will receive as an ABA member, visit our membership page here.
Where are classes held?
Click here for a list of classes in your state.