BREASTFEEDING FOR NEW DOULAS
This half day intensive is designed for the doula-in-training to meet the breastfeeding class requirement for their doula certification. This is a breastfeeding basics workshop for the new birth and/or postpartum doula and is not designed for experienced doulas or those who have taken additional breastfeeding support courses. Doulas will leave this workshop feeling more confident helping new families who want to breastfeed.
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Topics covered will include but not be limited to:
- Society & culture of breastfeeding as it relates to community and family health
- Supporting breastfeeding prior to labor
- Anatomy and physiology of the breastfeeding dyad
- Birth and immediate postpartum practices that impact breastfeeding
- How the birth doula can provide support breastfeeding immediately after birth and in the first few days with skin to skin, positioning and latch, hand expression and knowing when to call for help.
- How the postpartum doula can support in the weeks and months after birth by watching for signs of normal and typical infant feeding and development such as feeding frequency, output, safe use and preparation of formula, as well as maternal breast health.
- Common complications of breastfeeding including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and how they impact feeding.
- Hands on demonstration putting together and various pumps and learning how to use them(and clean them) so the new doula feels confident supporting the new mother who may be pumping.
- This workshop may include a new mother and baby for demonstration purposes. TBD.