There are breastfeeding antenatal (pregnancy) classes available at Wellington and Kenepuru Hospital. These are also offered in Chinese Mandarin at Johnsonville Plunket Family Centre.
Please feel free to bring along a support person if you can - either a partner, a parent, a sibling, anyone who will be there for you when your baby arrives. Please also bring a baby sized doll or teddy to the second session if you have one (if not, we have some to share)
The classes are free, but a koha (donation) towards refreshments is welcome. These classes are always well attended, and women are often turned away because they are full. If you find you are unable to attend, please let me know so your place can be given to someone else.
To book into a breastfeeding class see the downloadable form for dates and times and then fill in the contact form below or phone 04 8060873.
There is also postnatal (after birth of baby) classes called Little Latch On if you stay at Wellington Hospital: Monday to Friday, 10.00-11.00am tell your visitors not to come at that time.
Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information – Wellington Hospital
The classes are being held in the Outpatients Department in Wellington Hospital. Enter via the new entrance on Riddiford Street. The Outpatients department is just behind the Reception Desk in the Atrium. Wellington Hospital Classes come as a pair and are from 6pm - 8pm. To book into a class see the downloadable form for dates and times and then fill in the contact form below. For information about the free breastfeeding classes see
Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information – Kenepuru Hospital
To book into a class see the downloadable form for dates and times and then fill in the contact form below. For information about the free breastfeeding classes see
Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information - Chinese Mandarin
Free breastfeeding classes in Chinese Mandarin are being held at Johnsonville Plunket Family Centre – for people living in the greater Wellington and Hutt regions. Johnsonville Plunket classes are one 3-hour from 10am-1pm. To book into a class see the downloadable form for dates and times and then fill in the contact form below
Links to resources and information discussed in classes
Hand expressing https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/video-hand-expressing-breastmilk
Using a pump and your hands at the same time to make more milk http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html
Remember, if you have a risk factor for low milk supply ( induction of labour, caesarean section, polycystic ovaries, diabetes, baby in NICU, IVF, obesity and some others) it is very valuable to have some colostrum for your baby, especially on the 2nd night.
Check with your LMC midwife or consultant if they are happy for you to start expressing and collecting your milk whilst you’re pregnant. If you experience uterine tightenings whilst expressing, or any bleeding, then stop and consult your LMC.
This is the link to the CCDHB breastfeeding leaflets http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/default,142354.sm
http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/specialists/obstetric-and-gynaecology/capital-coast-dhb-womens-health-obstetrics/breastfeeding-support-in-your-community-for/ for information about breastfeeding supports in your area
Breastfeeding DVD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shhSsbEcqkI
YouTube clip showing how to latch your baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l5BpqllTLg
http://www.skintoskincontact.com/ssc-based-mother.aspx why skin to skin is important
http://www.llli.org/resources.html La Leche League - for great information about breastfeeding
www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly advice about breastfeeding, links to youtube, and if you want to know more about proven health benefits of breastfeeding
http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/good-latch-key-successful-breastfeedingThis site has graphics of latching baby at the breast, and hand expressing
http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/breastfeeding-questions-support The NZ Ministry of Health’s breastfeeding website
To book into a breastfeeding class see the downloadable form for dates and times and then fill in the contact form below or phone 04 8060873. Use a home email if you anticipate starting maternity leave before the classes.