Pacific Women’s Center has a lactation consultant in Eugene who teaches classes right here. Since 2012, we’ve worked with Devorah Bianchi of Loving Arms Lactation to present our ongoing lactation classes.
Breastfeeding does not come automatically easy for every mother. Talking with a lactation consultant in Eugene helps explain some of the problems and solutions that moms might be facing. Or, take a lactation class. A lot of moms do have trouble breastfeeding and can feel like “they can’t do it,” which may make them want to give up breastfeeding. Getting help from a lactation consultant can help moms realize that it does get easier and can be enjoyable and healthy for baby and mom.
When to take a lactation class?
We suggest that expectant mothers take a lactation and breastfeeding class one to two months before their baby is due. We encourage the mothers-to-be to bring along their spouse or partner, or whoever will be involved in the baby’s care and support of the mother. Even though the men can’t breastfeed, they can learn about how important breastfeeding is and how to support the mom while she’s breastfeeding.
Taking the class before the baby is born helps the family to establish a relationship with the lactation consultant before the birth. So if you do need a consultant afterwards, you are already at ease with her. You can also hear first-hand from other moms-to-be what they are worried about or how their pregnancy is going. It’s a great way to connect with others in the community who are experiencing some of the same things you are.
The lactation classes are free, generally held once per month, for Pacific Women’s Center patients. Please contact our office at 541-342-8616 to schedule your attendance or ask your obstetrician at your next appointment. Breastfeeding is a skill that can take time to develop. But with support, like what you will find in a class taught by a lactation consultant, you and your baby will benefit. See you at the class!