Community based antenatal classes provide information on pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care. Speak to a midwife about booking into classes in the community.
There are breastfeeding classes available at Wellington and Kenepuru Hospital. These are also offered in Chinese Mandarin at Johnsonville Plunket Family Centre. Speak to a midwife about booking into classes.
Wellington Hospital classes
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. The classes are from 6-8pm.
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.
If this is your work email, please could I have a home email also if you anticipate starting maternity leave before the classes.
Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information – Wellington and Kenepuru hospital
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.
Hand expressing taught in classes
We encourage you to check out whether you can express a drop or two of colostrum? If you’ve tried and not managed to get any drops, don't panic about 25% of women don’t get any colostrum during pregnancy, but it doesn’t mean you won’t make milk once your baby is born.Just keep calm and keep trying – you’re improving your chances of good breastfeeding just by getting familiar with your breasts.You might like to discuss this with your LMC and get her to check your technique.These 2 clips about expressing may help:
This is the clip we watched on hand expressing.Please notice that when the fingers are lined up at the edge of the areola, thumb tip, nipple tip and finger tip in a straight line like traffic lights, then expressing is more successful: https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/video-hand-expressing-breastmilk
And this one is about 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 (there are lots …. 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.
PLEASE check with your midwife if she’s 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 midwife.
This is the link to the CCDHB breastfeeding leaflets:http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/default,142354.sm
This is the link to the breastfeeding DVD I gave out.Please find time to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shhSsbEcqkI
Don’t forget to bring your antenatal breast milk with you when you come in for your birth. Put a note on your hospital bag saying “Got Milk?” If you need more syringes please ask your LMC midwife.
Plan to come to a 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.
Websites, which give really good information on breastfeeding:
This is a YouTube clip showing the same technique I taught about how to latch your baby
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
http://www.skintoskincontact.com/ssc-based-mother.aspx fantastic information about why skin to skin is important
http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/pregnancy-and-kids/first-year/first-6-weeks/keeping-baby-safe-bed-first-6-weeks This is essential information about how to protect your baby during sleep
http://www.changeforourchildren.co.nz/pepi_pod_programme This website has helpful information and suggestions for safer sleeping arrangements
http://www.llli.org/resources.html La Leche League - for great information about breastfeeding
And finally, this is vital information for you about YOU sleeping safely during the last 3 months of your pregnancy: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/93659877/stillbirth-risk-quadruples-from-women-sleeping-on-backs-in-late-pregnancy
www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly This excellent site has lots of sound advice about breastfeeding, links to youtube, and if you want to know more about proven health benefits of breastfeeding
http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/default,142354.sm for copies of our breastfeeding leaflets
http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/good-latch-key-successful-breastfeeding This site has graphics of latching baby at the breast, and hand expressing
http://www.changeforourchildren.co.nz/safe_start_programme/baby_essentials_online This is essential information about how to protect your baby during sleep
http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/breastfeeding-questions-support The NZ Ministry of Health’s breastfeeding website
http://www.llli.org/resources.html La Leche League
http://www.tapuaki.org.nz/ great fun and informative
app about being pregnant especially for Pacific people (but great for everyone!)
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/03/how-breast-milk-engineers-a-babys-gut-and-gut-microbes/ The importance of microbes for your baby’s future health