The Importance of Prenatal Breastfeeding Education

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Research shows breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration can be increased with prenatal breastfeeding education. Regardless of form—individual, group or technology-based—education programs are effective in providing women with evidence-based breastfeeding information and guidance.

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Taking an education class or scheduling a consultation with a lactation consultant can not only help answer any and all questions you have about breastfeeding ahead of time, it can also help calm your fears and prepare for the birth of your baby. Learning about what will happen immediately after the delivery of your baby – when skin-to-skin contact is initiated, hospital routines/tests, lactation support – will allow you to organize and plan ahead to make the most of your experience.

While some prefer one-on-one attention, signing up for a group class also may be beneficial. Having the opportunity to ask questions of professionals and meet other moms-to-be who plan to embark on the same journey can be invaluable.

Most new moms already know or have heard that breastfeeding is best for the health of baby. While breastfeeding does come easily for many new mothers, it may take time and assistance for others. Prenatal breastfeeding support can help you, and your baby, get the best start.

For more information on the breastfeeding classes and support groups offered at Renown Children’s Hospital, visit www.renown.org.

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