Breastfeeding Classes 2016-10-24T15:42:17+00:00

Breastfeeding Classes

Get breastfeeding off to a good start

This class is suitable for pregnant women who wish to breastfeed and for mothers of newborn breastfeeding babies.

The class covers the following topics :

  • What makes for a good start to breastfeeding
  • What makes for a good milk supply, how to build your supply and maintain production
  • Recognising your baby is feeding well and correctly latched on to the breast
  • How to soothe and calm your baby
  • Night time feeding and sleep rhythms
  • Managing breastfeeding problems
  • Expressing and storing your breastmilk
  • Developing support networks
  • Out and about with your baby.

Starting solids and breastfeeding beyond six months

This class is suitable for mothers who are thinking about starting to feed their babies solid food.

This interactive class covers

  • Best time to start solid food
  • How to recognise your baby is ready for solid food.
  • What foods to give your baby and what not to feed your baby
  • Baby led weaning and using spoons
  • How much food to give babies and how breastfeeding fits in with solid food
  • Dealing with food sensitivities and digestive changes
  • Picking up your baby’s cues
  • Encouraging healthy eating habits and avoiding food battles.

Returning to work and breastfeeding

This class is suitable for women who intend to return to the workforce and continue to breastfeed or partially breastfeed.

This class covers:

  • Child care and the different options
  • Returning to work full time / part time/ shift work and its impact on breastfeeding
  • Partial weaning from the breast , full weaning options too
  • Mixing breastfeeding and pumping
  • Know how to pump, when to pump and where to pump
  • Choosing a pump suitable for your needs
  • Night time rhythms
  • Managing working and feeding , coping strategies
  • Strategies for keeping the house calm
  • Looking after yourself and your relationship.

Pauline McLoughlin

Pauline McLoughlin is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) nurse, midwife and a mother of three children.

After working in natural birthing in Australia, Pauline returned to Sligo over twenty years ago where she helped establish a mother to mother breastfeeding support group.

Breastfeeding support has continued to be a feature of her professional life in primary care as a practice nurse. Pauline established a private lactation  consultation service in 2012 and became a part of the Babybloom team in 2013.

Times & Fees

Breastfeeding classes take place once a month in Babybloom. Classes generally run in the morning time on a Friday or a Saturday. They are small and interactive. All classes cost 45 euro. Booking for classes is essential.

Breastfeeding babies are welcome at all classes. To mark world breastfeeding week I run a free class every August, details will be posted on facebook and on the website.

Pauline’s workshop on weaning and returning to work left me with a feeling I usually have after seeing Pauline – confident with a can do, will do attitude.

The outstanding thing about Pauline is that she can bring the topic to a group and interweave it with the needs, experience and expectations of each individual of the group.

Marie and Aoibheann