Breastfeeding Classes for Parents

Evidence shows that mothers who are educated and supported throughout their breastfeeding experience are much more likely to achieve their breastfeeding goals.  Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, CLE, offers breastfeeding classes to provide you with the knowledge and support that you and your baby need to successfully breastfeed.  Breastfeeding classes are offered in the privacy of your home in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene (CDA), Hayden, and surrounding areas, or at an alternative location (as necessary).  You may take your breastfeeding classes in an individual private setting, or gather a group together to reduce your cost and support each other through your breastfeeding journey.

Our breastfeeding classes will help:

  • Make breastfeeding easier
  • Integrate breastfeeding into your lifestyle
  • Understand how breastfeeding works
  • Navigate booby traps that might hinder breastfeeding

Current breastfeeding classes offered are:

Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics Class
(Also meets the requirements for DONA certification)

A (roughly) two hour prenatal breastfeeding class where you will learn:

*  How breastfeeding works
*  What mother’s and baby’s bodies expect during lactation
*  The stages of lactation and what to expect at each stage
*  How spouses/partners and family members can support breastfeeding
*  The basics of getting started with breastfeeding
*  Breastfeeding positions and when to use them, including hands-on practice with models
*  Hands-on breastfeeding techniques and when to use them
*  When to call for help
*  Nutritional support and how dietary choices support (or hinder!) breastfeeding
*  How to incorporate breastfeeding into your daily life
*  Lactation tools and interventions: when they’re appropriate and how they’re used

Partners, spouses, or support persons are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

See Event Page for current class registration.

Simply Solids: Simplify the introduction of complementary solid foods

A (roughly) three hour in-depth parenting class where you will learn:

*  Knowing when your baby is ready for complementary foods
*  How to incorporate solids without sacrificing breastfeeding
*  Various methods/philosophies of providing first foods such as commercially produced foods, making your own, and the “Baby Lead Weaning” approach
*  How to safely introduce foods, including food handling and minimizing choking hazards
*  What are common food allergies/intolerances and the signs your baby might have them
*  Introduction to tools and gadgets for infant feeding, food preparation and storage
*  Fitting complementary feeding into your family’s lifestyle
*  Nutrition needs and serving sizes for your growing baby
*  Reducing toxin exposure from food sources
*  And more!!!

No classes currently scheduled.  Please contact us if you’re interested in scheduling a class.

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work or School

A one-hour class during which we will work together to develop a plan to protect your milk supply, nourish your baby, and facilitate bonding while you are separated from your baby.  We will identify any booby traps that may hinder your breastfeeding relationship once you return to work or school and prepare for them.  A worksite plan will also be created.

Not only will we develop a plan for breastfeeding and returning to work or school, we will also discuss:

*  How your milk supply works
*  How to protect your supply while separated from your baby
*  Handling growth spurts and illness while away from your baby
*  Breastmilk handling (expressing/pumping, storing, and feeding)
*  Preparing your caregiver on the breastfed baby
*  Nutrition to support breastmilk supply

No classes currently scheduled.  Please contact us if you’re interested in scheduling a class.

Melissa also partners with area childbirth educators, midwives, and doulas (etc.), to provide prenatal breastfeeding education for their clients.  Limited openings are available to instruct the breastfeeding portion of the childbirth education series; contact Melissa for scheduling and pricing.