Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
According to the Bradley method, natural delivery is the most beneficial for your child. That's why this programme aims to prepare you for natural labour. Renea Capozzi Cotto, Bradley instructor at the Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth, explained that the programme teaches you about nutritional information, and preparation and breathing techniques to minimise labour pains. The Bradley method also places emphasis on the dad's role during labour.
Lamaze helps you be prepared and confident during labour. Despite Lamaze's firm belief that natural labour is the best process, the programme takes a neutral stand on the medical advances and medicines used during labour. Other than learning breathing and relaxation techniques to overcome labour pain, you will also have access to other medical information such as caesarean and epidural anaesthetic procedure, to help you make the right decision during labour.
Hypno-Birthing or the Mongan method aims to train you to overcome labour pain. According to Carol Thorpe, a hypnotherapist, the class will provide training in self-hypnosis. The training will help mums to relax and maintain positive thinking while going through the labour process.
To better prepare yourself to welcome your bundle of joy, there are breastfeeding class for the last trimester. The class will teach you about early initiation of breastfeeding, correct breastfeeding positions, and general information on childcare.
Most importantly, be sure to meet and make friends with other mums in the class. Together, you can support each other through this wonderful time in your lives. And don't forget to snap pictures of yourself with the other mums too, as a keepsake of the friends you made during your pregnancy!