Lactation and Breastfeeding Classes in Eugene
For over 15 years, Pacific Women’s Center in Eugene has helped many moms and babies with a variety of breastfeeding classes and problems they may be experiencing. In August 2019, PWC enlisted the service of Bonnie Root to present our ongoing lactation education classes. Bonnie is an RN with IBCLC (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners). She brings knowledge, enthusiasm, humor and compassion to the Eugene breastfeeding class.
Bonnie, her husband Bryan, and their boys moved to the country in 2014, when Bonnie discovered her interest in homesteading, emergency preparedness, and homeschooling. In their free time, you will find the “Root Squad” outdoors- camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, snowboarding or skiing, and going on new adventures together.
Bonnie Root, RN-IBCLC
Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Bonnie Root knew since childhood that she wanted to be a nurse in women and children’s health. She was the first high schooler to volunteer in pediatrics at age 16, and attended Lane Community College after graduating from Marist in Eugene. Bonnie has been a nurse since 2007 and is thankful every day that her passion and joy in life is also her career, helping patients and their families thrive. She spent 13 years working for Peacehealth at both University District and Riverbend locations, on Mother/Baby and Pediatric and Adolescent Care units.
Since 2014 Bonnie has had the privilege of teaching newborn care for Women’s Care in Eugene and Springfield. She is also the nurse educator for Pacific Women’s Center for all prenatal classes, including childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Bonnie says, “It is such a pleasure to help inform new families and ease their fears. I am honored to be a small part of their incredible journey and getting using humor as I teach. I am always excited to be there!”
Ensuring that she remains current on evidence based research and best practice, Bonnie serves as Southern Willamette Valley Chapter co-chair for her national nursing organization AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses).
After having 2 sons in 2011 and 2013, followed by a surrogacy in 2016 for her close friends who suffered with infertility, she had a new passion. Realizing the need for ongoing care and information after hospital discharge, Bonnie began working for Eugene Pediatric Associates as their feeding specialist. She works closely with families and their newborns, making feeding plans individually tailored to reach their goals. Bonnie even works occasionally on weekends as the phone triage nurse for Eugene Pediatrics because as she puts it, “I just can’t get enough! I love my job!”
The lactation and breastfeeding classes are free for Pacific Women’s Center patients. We generally hold classes once per month. We recommended taking the breastfeeding class 1 to 2 months prior to the baby’s due date. Research has shown that taking a breastfeeding class before the baby is born increases the mother’s confidence and breastfeeding success. Once your baby is born, he or she will want to begin breastfeeding right away. The days after the baby comes are overwhelming and tiring. It can be harder to take in the information about breastfeeding.
Why Take the Breastfeeding Class Before the Baby is Born?
By taking the breastfeeding class in Eugene ahead of time you will leave with an understanding of how breastfeeding works and what problems you might be on the lookout for as your baby learns how to breastfeed.
Our Lactation class is held the 1st Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm (one-night course). The cost is $10 per attendee. We encourage you to bring along a spouse, partner, or significant other involved in baby care. Breastfeeding classes in Eugene are held in the front lobby of our office at The TEN Building, 10 Coburg Road, Suite 100. Please contact our office at 541-342-8616 to schedule your attendance or ask your obstetrician at your next appointment.