Breastfeeding, Sleep, and New Parent Classes in Washington DC


Preparing for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the biological norm for feeding your baby, but that doesn’t mean it comes easy for many parents and babies. Finding the right information and support while you are pregnant sets you up for the best possible beginning to your lactation journey. Start your nursing relationship with confidence by learning how lactation works, what to expect from nursing your baby, and what to do if problems come up.

Nursing mom sits on swing holding baby Capitol Hill preparing for breastfeeding

 We will cover:

  • Why breastfeeding is important

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Position and latch

  • Preparing for the first days and weeks

  • Common challenges

  • Pumping and returning to work

  • Nutrition and medications

Location: Capitol Hill, Exact address given after registration

Cost: $65 per individual, $90 per couple

Upcoming Class Dates:

Saturdays 3:00pm to 5:30pm

June 1st

Saturdays 10:00am to 12:30pm

August 10th
October 5th
December 7th


Understanding Infant Sleep

This class provides parents with an understanding of biologically normal infant sleep and strategies for supporting the whole family during this time. Using evidence-based research and practical parenting tools, you will know how to make bedtime a safe and peaceful time. This class will draw from a developmental understanding of sleep which fosters responsiveness and strong attachment between parents and babies. 

This class is designed for both expecting parents and those with younger babies. 

Mother holding sleeping baby in Washington DC

We will cover:

  • The connection between attachment, brain development, and sleep

  • The science of infant sleep

  • Baby’s sleep patterns

  • Ensuring safe sleep

  • Sleep tools

  • Common challenges

 

Group Classes:

Offered monthly on Wednesday evenings at the Breastfeeding Center

Location: 1020 19th St NW, Suite 150

Cost: $50 Individual, $60 per Couple

Upcoming class dates:

Wednesdays: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

May 15
June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18

Registration can be found on their class calendar below


Fundamentals of Breastfeeding and Sleep

This 4 hour class combines my Preparing for Breastfeeding class with my Understanding Infant Sleep class. Expecting parents will learn about normal baby nursing and sleeping behavior, why babies eat and sleep the way they do, and practical tips for common challenges.

Cosleeping mom nurses baby in bed Capitol Hill prenatal breastfeeding class

I teach this class in partnership with Balanced Birth Support

Location: Capitol Hill, Exact address given after registration

Cost: $200 per couple

Upcoming class dates:

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday May 4th
Saturday July 6th
Saturday September 7th
Sunday November 3rd

Registration is handled on their website by clicking below!


Beyond the Bump

I regularly teach about sleep as part of the Breathing Space Beyond the Bump parenting series. This series covers a variety of topics for new parents, with versions designed for prenatal and postnatal families.

The prenatal version helps you look beyond the birth to prepare for life with baby including topics such as breastfeeding, baby care, normal infant sleep, postnatal recovery, planning for new parenthood and more. 

The postnatal version is part class and part new parent support circle. Sessions include returning to work, baby development, sleep after the 4th trimester, postpartum self-care/mental health, your postpartum body, and starting solids.

 I encourage you to sign up for the whole series!


Bringing Baby Home

Welcoming a new baby brings a lot of changes, new responsibilities, new identities, and new priorities! Your focus is on nurturing your new little one. At the same time, you want to keep connected to your partner and grow into a strong parenting team.

Baby resting on mother’s chest Washington DC Bringing Baby Home

 In a Bringing Baby Home 2-day workshop, we focus on strategies and tools to:

  • Keep a strong connection through the transition to parenthood

  • Manage stress and conflict effectively

  • Parent cooperatively

  • Understand baby’s cues and needs

  • Build a vision for your family

This series is designed for both both expecting and new parents. Babies in arms are welcome.

Location: The Well, 3220 17th Street, NW, South Entrance - Suite #10, Washington, DC 20010

Cost: $395 per couple, includes a parent toolkit


Upcoming workshop:

June 8th and 15th, 10:00am – 5:00pm 


Class FAQ

Why should I take a prenatal breastfeeding class?

The best way to get breastfeeding off to a good start is by preparing during pregnancy. So many new parents have never spent time around a breastfed baby. They have no idea what to expect or what is normal. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of incorrect information commonly shared by both healthcare providers and other parents. Learning about lactation during pregnancy will help you have realistic expectations and recognize breastfeeding myths when you hear them. 

When do I need a Lactation Consultant? 

A Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is there to help with breastfeeding challenges that are not easily resolved. They are an important part of many parents’ breastfeeding success. I recommend finding one while you are pregnant. This way you will know who to call if you need help with nursing. 

What about breastfeeding support groups?

Breastfeeding support groups, such as La Leche League and Breastfeeding USA, are another important part of many parents’ breastfeeding success. They are great for feeling like you aren’t alone. Many parents find a support group helps them work through normal nursing challenges. Sometimes being around other breastfeeding parents helps you see that your baby’s behavior is very normal.

What are some of the most common lactation challenges?

While each nursing relationship is different, there are some common challenges that breastfeeding parents face. A few of these are:

Sore nipples: in the early days of nursing, sore nipples are most often caused by a shallow latch (how baby is attached to your breast). Improving the latch with the help of a lactation professional and checking for anatomical problems such as tongue ties can be helpful.

Engorgement: When your milk comes in a few days after birth, some breastfeeding parents experience engorgement, hard, swollen, warm, and uncomfortable breasts. Frequent nursing and and cold compresses can help.

Plugged duct: A plugged, or blocked duct is an obstruction in the milk duct that blocks milk flow. There is often a hard bump that might be warm and red. Frequent feeding and warm compresses can help.

Mastitis: Mastitis is a breast infection, sometimes caused by a plugged duct or nipple damage. The breast symptoms are similar to a clogged duct but more intense and are accompanied by a fever and flu like symptoms. Mastitis often needs antibiotics to resolve.

Early Supplementing: Supplementing can be helpful or harmful depending on how it is implemented. Supplementation with either pumped breastmilk or formula can give baby needed food while working out breastfeeding challenges. It can however undermine breastfeeding if done without a clear plan to both feed the baby, protect your milk supply, and fix the problem that made supplementing necessary.

Does your infant sleep class teach me how to sleep train my baby?

No. My class helps you understand biologically normal infant sleep and how responding to your baby helps build strong attachment and optimal brain development. We cover many factors that can help families get more sleep without overriding a baby’s normal and healthy sleep behavior.

Why should I take a Bringing Baby Home workshop?

Research tells us that 2/3 of couples experience a decline in relationship satisfaction after having a baby. BBH focuses on practical, easy to implement strategies that help strengthen the parent’s relationship through the transition to parenthood. It also gives parents skills to support babies development and parent as a team.

Where does the information in a Bringing Baby Home class come from?

The BBH program was developed by the Gottman Institute, leading researchers on relationships and parenthood. Decades of research with thousands of couples provided the basis for the curriculum, which was then tested to see if it helped new parents maintain better relationship satisfaction after having a baby. It did!

So, this class is both research based and research tested. You can read more about the research here