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Breastfeeding Education Classes

Our face-to-face Breastfeeding Education Classes run for about 3 hours and offer small-group interaction and, in many cases, a demonstration of breastfeeding by a local mum with a young baby.

They are designed for expectant parents to prepare for breastfeeding in the vital days, weeks and months after their baby's birth. The sessions aim to expand upon the knowledge gained at hospital antenatal classes, and give up-to-date information and insights into breastfeeding a baby and parenting in the early days.

Breastfeeding is a learned skill, for mums and babies alike. Get the practical skills to help you and your baby in establishing breastfeeding, as well as solutions for common challenges.

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Key topics

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Positioning and attachment for a comfortable feed

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Reading your baby's feeding cues

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How to tell if your baby is getting enough milk

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Breastfeeding first aid

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Accessing quality help and support

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Quick resource guides for you and your family

Commonly asked questions

What’s the difference between a Breastfeeding Education Class and a Breastfeeding Preparation Session?

Breastfeeding Education Classes are held in-person at a local venue, lasting for about 3 hours. Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions are delivered online – running for 1.5 hours.

Both sessions are interactive, light-hearted, and welcoming. While the topics covered are similar, the delivery styles and feel are different. The biggest difference is that Breastfeeding Education Classes provide for in-person visual learning from a breastfeeding mum (and baby) in addition to a breastfeeding educator. Many participants really value being able to watch and ask questions to a mum as she feeds her baby, in a relaxed and judgement-free space.   

Within the shorter Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions, a Q&A session is also provided with a breastfeeding mum, but the limits of webcams (and wriggly babies) mean that capturing a live breastfeed isn’t practical.  

Online Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions are offered at least weekly and provide additional learning activities that you can do in your home.   

We suggest that following your workshop or class, you drop into a local support group activity before your baby arrives. This is a priceless step in creating your own parenting village, and will provide you access to qualified breastfeeding educators who can answer any additional questions you may have.    

Can my partner or support person attend?

Of course! There is no charge for partners (or support people) to attend, and its highly recommended. Research shows that a partner who understands and supports breastfeeding is a mum’s biggest asset. Bringing partners up to speed with how breastfeeding works, things to look out for, and for them to understand what practical support entails, is priceless.  

When should I do a workshop/ class?

Many mums find booking a class when they are 6 to 7 months pregnant ideal. This allows for breastfeeding supportive strategies to be added to birth plans, time to connect with local support groups, and time to allow for potential early arrivals!   

Our Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions are held at least weekly, so if your pregnancy has flown by, sign up now to get up to speed before welcoming your baby.  You’ll be in the company of other expectant parents who are juggling similar time pressures. 

Past participants regularly comment that our classes were THE most important bit of pre-birth preparation they did - so schedule an ABA workshop or class now. 

Families with newborns are welcome, although do contact us – as we have other support options which may more helpful.  

I have particular questions about breastfeeding. Can you answer them?

Absolutely!  Our workshops are designed to pre-emptively answer many of your questions – we speak with 60,000+ new parents every year – so we know what you’re searching for answers on. We allow for lots of questions so ask them to the breastfeeding educator OR breastfeeding mum within the workshop. If your situation is complex, or more individual support is your style, you may like to ask your question during the break or at the end of the workshop. 

Alternatively, attend our online Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions for general breastfeeding information and tips, and then talk over any further concerns with a breastfeeding counsellor on the National Breastfeeding Helpline – available 24/7 and free of charge. Many of our breastfeeding counsellors (who answer your call) also lead our workshops and classes, and all are informed by the same evidence-led and practical information, free from any commercial bias.   

We also offer specialty online workshops for LGBT+ families, those expecting multiples and mums with diabetes. 

I'm expecting twins. Which class will be best for me?

We do offer some face-to-face breastfeeding education classes for mothers expecting multiples, however, these may be limited depending on your location. 

Alternatively, our online Multiples Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions run more frequently and can be completed from the comfort of your own home.

If you unable to attend either of these options, our ordinary Preparation sessions or in-person Breastfeeding Education Classes will also provide you with information and support to help you prepare for your new arrivals. 

“We learnt SO much! We left with a great toolkit and the confidence to spot and solve our minor breastfeeding issues!   

Knowing that high-quality 24/7 support was waiting for us was so reassuring – we didn’t need it, but I loved knowing it was there!"

Alice, Blue Mountains 

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