Breastfeeding Classes 2020-01-03T00:11:16+00:00

Breastfeeding Classes

Get breastfeeding off to a good start

This class is suitable for pregnant women who wish to breastfeed .

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), midwife,nurse and 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 and caring for families has continued to be a feature of her professional life in primary care  where she works in a GP practice . Pauline consolidated her professional knowledgeof breastfeeding, sat and successfully passed examinations which allowed her to become an accredited International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011. Pauline established a private lactation  consultation service in 2012 and became a part of the Babybloom team in 2013.

Times & Fees

Breastfeeding workshops generally take place monthly in Babybloom. They are small and interactive with plenty of time for questions. Babes in arms are most welcome. Partners are welcomed to all workshops at no extra cost.  All workshops take place on a Saturday morning starting at 10.00. Booking for is essential.

Get Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start- three hour workshop and includes 30 minute follow up phone contact following the birth of your baby – €70

Starting Solids and Breastfeeding Beyond Six Months – two and a half hour workshop – €55

Returning to Work and Breastfeeding – two and a half hour workshop – €55

One to One  Breastfeeding Preparation Consultation – one hour and half hour – € 120 . This is suitable for women for women who may have an underlying medical condition or have a specific problem that may compromise getting breastfeeding off to a good start e.g. multiple sclerosis , epilepsey, pre eclampsia or diabetes. Or for women who have had a traumatic birth experience and or breastfeeding experience and require specific help to process that experience and have a plan in place to help have a more postive experience next time round .

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