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Are There Online Breastfeeding Courses?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's always struck me as funny that breastfeeding is one of those things that requires a "course." After all, breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world. Moms and babies have been doing it for thousands of years. But now...moms who want to breastfeed their babies almost have to sign up for a course or class of some kind. After all, it's been generations since breastfeeding was the norm, so most of us can't count on friends and family to know fact from fiction.

Of course finding time during those last few weeks of pregnancy to register for and attend a breastfeeding course can be tough. No wonder moms are turning to the Internet trying to find online breastfeeding courses to take instead. I went and did a little searching myself and while I didn't find any specific online breastfeeding courses, I did run across some YouTube videos and sites that offer some quality information.

Now no online course is going to be a proper substitute for attending a breastfeeding class, but if you're looking to learn some of the basics of nursing your baby, the following online resources might be of use.

Breastfeeding Basics Video from Parents.com



Online Breastfeeding Basics Video from AskaMum



Avoid Breastfeeding Problems: Relieving Blocked Ducts from eHow



Other Online Breastfeeding Courses and Resources

Online Breastfeeding Videos at Breastfeeding.com.
La Leche League's Proper Positioning Course
KellyMom's Online Breastfeeding Help

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  1. Blogger Christina | 1:56 PM |  

    so are you back!? I was just thinking about your blog the other day and wondered if you'd come back to blogging. I always enjoyed it...

    This is interesting - I didn't make it to the breastfeeding course I'd signed up for...my son was born too soon and beat me to the punch. :) 32 weekers need a lot of LC help anyways - so we got our own personal crash course a few weeks after birth.

  2. Blogger Ashley Benz | 3:29 PM |  

    Here is an online breastfeeding course that I recommend to my clients:

    http://pregnancy.about.com/c/ec/69.htm

  3. Blogger mommymichael | 6:16 PM |  

    http://www.drjacknewman.com/default.asp

    Newman breastfeeding clinic is also pretty good. they have some videos as well. i found it helpful!

  4. Blogger Jolly Green Girl | 5:34 PM |  

    As a breastfeeding mother {15 months and still going} I have to say that taking that breastfeeding class before Layla was born was one of the best decisions I made in regards to breastfeeding. I had a great instructor who also gave me a book that was a godsend, "So That's What They're There for" I think success of breastfeeding comes from confidence that you can do it. The class gave me that confidence. I would take the class again in a heartbeat.

  5. Anonymous jennydecki | 9:29 PM |  

    It is entirely natural, but when you're looking down at this itty bitty baby and you know if you don't figure it out that the baby starves...the pressure and exhaustion from, you know, just having a baby can cause some paranoia.

    Especially for those of us who didn't have support the first two times and are STILL paranoid while sea monkey #3 is gestating. :)

    I just read somewhere that a breast pump isn't a mandatory piece of equipment - my head almost exploded from sheer confusion.

    Thanks for the post and the videos!!!

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