Preparing You to Feed with Confidence
If you are planning to breastfeed then this is the perfect preparation class for you. No matter how you plan to feed your baby, we want to educate you and prepare you to feed so that you are prepared. Our certified lactation consultants and breastfeeding educators will empower your feeding goals. Breastfeeding is undoubtedly the best nutrition you can you give to your baby, but it doesn’t always come easy so we are here to help you prepare.
We have developed a class to educate and inform you on everything related to feeding your baby, whether that be breast or bottle, formula or expressed breast milk. Having this knowledge in advance makes for confident and capable parents who understand the challenges related to feeding and breastfeeding.
We encourage partners to join in the class, your role is just as valuable and in joining the class together you can feel empowered as couple to meet your feeding goals. Partners are essential in those early days to provide support and reassurance when establishing breastfeeding. The partners role is often under played but your role is vital in assisting in establishing breastfeeding by providing reassurance and support, no matter how baby is being fed.
What’s Included in Our Prenatal Feeding Class:
- Breastfeeding basics & the benefits
- Getting to know your baby
- What to expect in those first few days
- How do I know my baby is hungry and is my baby getting enough?
- Breast anatomy and hand expression
- Breastfeeding positions
- Baby led latching
- Bottle feeding & formula preparation
- Common breastfeeding challenges and how to resolve them
- Which breast pump is right for me?
- Expressing & storing milk
- Finding support & assistance
- Q&A Throughout – Your opportunity to get all your questions answered
Where is the group class session held?
We have the option for you to take this class privately at home, virtually via Zoom or with us in person for a hands on feeding class in Oakville. We are located inside the Palermo Medical building at 2525 Old Bronte Rd, Unit 215, Oakville, L6M 4J2. We are on the second floor and we are easily accessed by the elevators and ample free parking is also available.
In our Oakville group breastfeeding class you will be seated in comfortable recliner chairs and able to meet other mums to be. We have a variety of feeding equipment for you to explore during the class so that you can familiarize yourself with these items before baby arrives meaning you are prepared to feed with confidence.
I contacted The New Mummy Company when my daughter was 3 days old about a lactation consultant. I was tired, sore and had no idea what I was doing. They sent Caitlin out to my home right away. I was nervous to feed in front of her since I was in so much pain but she put me right at ease. She watched and observed and gave me some tips on how to feed. She also confirmed the pain I was feeling and suggested some cream that would help. She suggested a feeding tube for the formula so that our baby got used to breastfeeding instead of the bottle of formula we had to use to supplement. By the time we were done I felt 100% better and had the knowledge and information I needed to continue breastfeeding. If it weren’t for Caitlin coming that evening, I would have given up that night. Because of her I kept going and am so glad I did. I have had several other consultations with Caitlin since then. She always answers any questions or concerns I have and has suggested several ideas to help boost my milk supply. The New Mummy Company has been a great resource for items to help boost my supply and Caitlin has also been great and suggesting items that work. I would highly recommend The New Mummy Company and Caitlin to anyone breastfeeding (or trying to).Alicia Marchioni from Oakville
Wonderful session with LC Debby – even though I was pumping to build up my supply, I was very apprehensive re actually breastfeeding given my previous experience with my daughter in 2016. Determined to try again with my son, I called The New Mummy Company and was quickly scheduled for an in home consultation. My LC Debby arrived on time, was clearly very knowledgeable, patient and kind (which is key when one is having a frustrating experience). At the end of the session, I felt that I learned a few key tools to help me along my breastfeeding journey and to improve the journey for both myself and baby. Many Thanks!Sophia from Toronto
I contacted the New Mummy Company as I had some questions about breastfeeding and pumping. Once I contacted the company, they got back to me right away and had Debby come visit me the next day. Debby was extremely helpful and answered all of my questions which made me feel more at ease for being a first time mother! She assisted me with latching as well as how to properly pump for my goals. Highly recommend!Rita from Toronto
How You Can Access this Service:
Private is a great option if you prefer privacy or want to host amongst friends or family in the comfort of your own home.
On-Site is a great option if you prefer real-time interaction, want to meet other parents, and enjoy the social component. This service is available at our headquarters.2525 Old Bronte Rd Unit 215, Oakville, L6M 4J2, Ontario
Virtual classes are ideal during COVID, are great for families with busy schedules, or for those who live out of our offered locations. They are hosted over Zoom and are available to anyone no matter their geographic location. For the best experience, we recommend viewing from a laptop with a high-speed internet connection.
Why should I take a prenatal breastfeeding class?
Breastfeeding can be challenging, although it is natural it does not always come easy. You and your baby are both learning so it’s very helpful to have the foundation knowledge before you start your journey.
This class will provide you with the confidence and understanding of how to approach those first few hours and be prepared once you get home from the hospital with your baby.
You will have direct access to our IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Our Lactation consultants have years of hands on experience helping new moms adjust to breastfeeding challenges. Having this invaluable knowledge to understand what is normal and know in advance how to troubleshoot any issues you may have.
When should I take the prenatal breastfeeding class?
Anytime you are comfortable with really, we suggest late in your second trimester or early in your third trimester (28 weeks – 34 weeks) is a great time to take the class.However you can join us any time. You may want to learn about feeding early in your pregnancy to help you feel more prepared, you can come to our classes anytime you like!
Please attend any of our classes whenever works for you and your schedule.Our classes run regularly and if a date isnt available yet, it will be coming soon. You are welcome to get in touch with us or you can check back again in a few weeks.
I had a successful experience of breastfeeding my first baby? Should I take the class?
Congratulations! We have had a lot of second and third-time moms attend our class because each baby is unique and each time is different. This class is perfect for you if you simply want to brush up on your feeding knowledge, update your information, and feel more confident when you start to breastfeed.
We have also had a number of 2nd & 3rd-time moms attend due to facing some challenges with the first baby and they want to be more prepared for the next time around. You may also want to join us for your second or third baby if you had your first baby quite some time ago and it all feels like a distant memory now.
What are some of the common breastfeeding challenges we will cover?
As well as understanding how to prepare for breastfeeding, we will also cover some of the topics where things don’t go exactly to plan. There are a number of common issues that our Lactation consultants will visit new parents to help resolve and we will discuss and provide you with the techniques in advance to help troubleshoot these issues.
We will help provide you information around low milk supply, issues with the baby latching, ideal positioning, tongue-tie, self-care with cracked and sore nipples and much more.
The class will also be able to help you with the practicalities of pumping, sterilizing equipment and increasing your milk supply.
I am expecting multiples is this class also for me?
Congratulations! How exciting! Yes, this class is also for you, but please ensure that when you are making your booking that you let us know so that we can inform our educators who are teaching the class. During the course of the class we will help provide you with specific information and techniques relating to feeding multiples. It’s not always as simple as feeding two babies at the same time and our educators will answer all your questions relating to twins and even triplets!
What if I am not sure about breastfeeding, I may not be able to breastfeed.
Our aim with this class is to cover all aspects of feeding so that you are able to feed your newborn with confidence. We want to prepare you to be able to feed your baby the way that you choose to! During the class we will cover breastfeeding challenges, pumping information, formula preparation and bottle feeding. We have a number of pieces of feeding equipment including baby bottles and breast-pumps to allow you to gain the hands on learning we are known for.
Do I have to attend the class with my partner?
Our prenatal breastfeeding class is specifically designed to prepare you and your partner for all aspects of breastfeeding, so we encourage you to bring along your partner, sister, mother, friend, or whoever will be supporting you with the breastfeeding time.
This is a great chance for dads or partners to learn how to support you and also make them feel included in your breastfeeding journey.Support from your partner is huge when it comes to the time of feeding your baby, whatever that will look like. Taking the class together means you are both prepared for the early days of feeding and supporting each other to meet your goals.
I would like to take the class at home, is it possible?
Yes, We can provide you with the best prenatal breastfeeding education in the comfort of your own home. We have a team of Lactation Consultants who cover all of Toronto & the GTA. We also are able to provide home visits in Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver. Please, give us a call at 1-844-237-4686 or email email@example.com and we will happy to help you with your request.
I would like to take the class with some friends, is it possible?
Sure, again we can host this at our location or provide the class in the comfort of you home. It’s just a matter of giving us a call at 1-844-237-4686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take care of the scheduling.
What does IBCLC mean?
IBCLC is the acronym for an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. A healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. This is the governing body and certifies that the person who is teaching you is qualified and trained to educate you on breastfeeding.
How many people will be in the group class with me?
We aim to run a class at least once every month and each class will have a maximum of six couples with you. We find this is the perfect number to allow you to share the experience and gain answers to questions you may not have considered. This allows you the time to have your questions answered without any time pressure.
I would like to take the class online, do you offer this option?
Yes, if you prefer to join the class from home just book the class and let us know that you will be joining the class remotely. We will then share a Zoom link with you for the class so that you can join from home. This is ideal for anyone who may not be feeling up to it at the end of your pregnancy or if you are on bedrest or if you are just a little too far to travel to Oakville on a week night!
We can provide the following options for a prenatal feeding class.
1. At our Oakville location – Small group classes normally with 2-6 attendees (partners please join us!)
2. Online via private zoom call
3. Private in-home classes
Please use the booking button located at the top of this page.
How long is the breastfeeding class?
The class takes approx. 1 hour 30 minute to 2 hours. We will provide an opportunity within this period to answer your questions and put your mind at rest on all aspects of feeding your newborn, whether that ends up being breastfeeding, pumping or formula feeding. The class is highly interactive and informal.
Where do the in-person breastfeeding classes take place?
If you would like to join us for a group class in Oakville, we are located at Bronte Rd & Dundas St. in the Palermo medical building.
Our address is 2525 Old Bronte Rd, Unit 160, Oakville, L6M 4J2.
However, we also provide virtual classes worldwide and have provided classes to Dubai, United Kingdom, USA, Egypt, Jordan and all across the world.
Is the class covered by insurance?
The class is not covered by OHIP but there is a possibility your private health care insurance or extended health benefits cover breastfeeding education. We would recommend checking with your insurance provider. We are happy to provide detailed receipts for any claims.
What is your cancellation policy?
We ask that you provide us with at least 5 business days notice if you have to cancel, if there is time we would look to move you to another date. By providing us with 5 days notice this allows us to offer the class to another mom who may be on our waiting list.