Feeding your new baby - Prenatal Workshop

How you would like to feed your new baby?

Many parents plan on breastfeeding without giving it much thought.

They think that because breastfeeding is natural and how human beings have survived forever, that it will just come easily and naturally. And for a few mothers, that is exactly what happens.

For others, it takes time and support before they are happily breastfeeding. In all situations, feed your baby, promote milk production, and get help.


Other parents plan on bottle feeding and they have good reasons for doing so.

  •  You may have grown up in a bottle feeding family and that feels most comfortable
  • You may be adopting a baby
  • You may be returning to work within a month or two
  • You have red flags flying around your ability to make enough milk: maybe your breasts don't look quite right, you are a survivor of sexual abuse or cancer, or you're transgender. 


No matter how you are planning on feeding your baby right now... the arrival of your newborn changes everything.

I believe it's a good idea to be flexible in your choices, because your baby has their own personality and may come out breastfeeding. (Oh...Hello!) And a terrible birth can leave you unsure of anything, except for one thing: Your baby needs to be fed.


In this workshop, we discuss these three feeding options, and learn about the pros and cons of each method.

  1. Breastfeeding
  2. Pumping
  3. Bottle feeding 

We share why our preferred feeding method is important to us:

  • Medical needs
  • Health
  • Bonding
  • Convenience
  • Family reasons
  • Personal reasons 

After the workshop you will feel confident and educated about feeding your new baby, no matter what.

  1. Know the signs that your baby is getting enough food
  2. Learn bonding and soothing techniques that are as necessary as food
  3. Feel confident that you are giving your baby your very best


We will also explain predatory marketing, the "Mommy Wars" and the "Fed is Best" messaging, so that you better understand how feeding babies came to be so shame-filled.


Breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and pumping human milk all fit together to feed all the babies you know. There is nothing to be ashamed about.

If your first choice of feeding isn't what happens first, that's OK. It doesn't define you as a mother. Accept it, shift gears and get some help so you can have what you want.


Sign up for this workshop in your second trimester.

Plan to take the workshop between 26 and 36 weeks. (About 1 in 10 babies arrives before 36 weeks, so earlier is better.) Knowing what you want, and all the ways you may need  to start, means you are ready to feed your baby the moment you hold them in your arms.

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Ella B.

My son was born with a lip and tongue time, and even after his procedure, nursing was extremely painful. I would cry and clench my fists during every feeding, staring at the timer until 20 minutes were up so I could give myself permission to unlatch my son. Feeding him was a huge burden and caused me a great deal of anxiety because of how much it hurt.

I worked with Donna during the first few months of my son's life. I went from dreading nursing, to nursing on demand thanks to her support.

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