BERLIN — Valley Birthplace at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital will be offering a new breastfeeding class for soon-to-be breastfeeding mothers. Classes will be held every other month on a Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital's Mt. Adams Conference Room. Upcoming classes are scheduled for May 11, July 20, Sept. 14, and Nov. 16. Classes are free and are facilitated by Wendy Beals, RN, IBCLC, an international board-certified lactation consultant who breastfed all six of her children. Registration is required.
Breastfeeding classes will assist participants in becoming more knowledgeable and informed about breastfeeding before childbirth. Class content will include: the benefits of breastfeeding, breastfeeding myths, getting your breastfeeding journey off to a good start, how breast milk is made, once you are home, is baby getting enough milk?, increasing your supply, going back to work, pumping and hand expression, and storage and bottle-feeding.
The AVH Valley Birthplace also offers a lactation support group held monthly on a Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital's Mt. Adams Conference Room. Upcoming group meetings are scheduled for May 12, June 9, Aug. 11, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. Walk-ins are welcome.