classes

Arlington Lactation, LLC offers various monthly classes on a variety of topics.  Current offerings include the following:

 

Breastfeeding the Second Time Round
This class is designed to help second-time moms with the basics of breastfeeding a newborn (trust us, you will have forgotten a LOT). We discuss how to prepare the older sibling, managing a routine with two kiddos, and for many moms it is a chance to get things off to the best start possible. Partners are encouraged to attend. 
Hosted by: Susan Howard, R.N., IBCLC
Upcoming times:

Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at VHC

Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at VHC

Sunday, January 27, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at VHC


Starting Solids: A Comprehensive Introduction to Starting your Baby on Solids
Families should plan to take this class when the baby is between 4 and 6 months.  We will discuss baby-led weaning as well as the traditional approach of purees. This is a how-to class: when, how much, how often, what to offer, signs of readiness, sippies, utensils, bibs, highchairs, and so much more. Partners are encouraged to attend; babies welcome. 
Hosted by: Susan Howard, R.N., IBCLC
Upcoming times: Click the dates to register. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm at VHC

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm at VHC


Breastfeeding Basics (Please, tell a friend!) 
Taking a breastfeeding class while pregnant is just as important as taking a childbirth class.  Birth is over in a day or so. Feeding a child is a long-term endeavor.  Learn how milk is made, positioning & latching techniques, what to expect in the first few days, recognizing hunger cues, and the basics for the first two weeks of life. Solutions to common problems like sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis, too much milk/not enough milk is included in this class as well as knowing when to get help. This class is offered monthly and is designed to be taken in the last months of pregnancy. This is the foundation to get breastfeeding off to a good start. You likely know this by now, but the content included in this class is not provided during your birth. Partners encouraged to attend. 
Hosted by: Susan Howard, R.N., IBCLC
Upcoming times: Click dates to register.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at VHC

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at VHC

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at VHC

Tuesday, January 15, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at VHC

​Tuesday, February 12, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at VHC

 

Work.Pump.Repeat & The Art of Pumping
Based on feedback, we are offering a COMBINATION class offering the logistics of returning to work and the art of pumping. In this powerhouse-combo class, learn the tips, tricks, and shortcuts to a smooth and successful return to work.  
To help you prepare and survive the transition back to work, we will cover:

  • When to start pumping and storing your milk
  • Wardrobe considerations
  • Preparing you and your baby for daycare
  • How much milk to send
  • Working with daycare on schedules
  • Time-management tips to get you out the door
  • Sample pump schedules at work
  • Logistical ideas for pumping at work 
  • Time-saving strategies 
  • Solutions for work travel and pumping on the go
  • Huge photo library of lactation spaces in and around DC


The second half of the class focuses on the art of pumping. We will talk about:

  • Buttons, dials and timers: making the most of the settings on your pump
  • Tubes, membranes and valves (when to wash, when to toss)
  • Flange fit
  • Tubes, membranes and valves: care and maintenance
  • How to get the most milk in the shortest time possible
  • Milk storage tips and tricks 


Babies are welcome. Bring a mat or blanket on which your little one can stretch out. Food and snacks are permitted. Handouts and slides will be provided. ​
An optional add-on session is available for hands-on help, from Susan: Flange Fitting and Beyond.
Hosted by: Susan Howard, R.N., IBCLC
Upcoming times: Click the dates to register.

Monday, October 1, 2018 from 10am to 1pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Monday, November 5, 2018 from 10am to 1pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Monday, December 3, 2018 from 10am to 1pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Monday, January 7, 2019 from 10am to 1pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Monday, February 4, 2019 from 10am to 1pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Monday, April 1, 2019 from 10am to 1pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church


Flange Fitting and Beyond
Hands-on help, from Susan.

  • Try different size flanges to find the perfect fit for you.
  • Work on finessing your pump settings.
  • Learn to master hand expression.

For this session, bring all of your pump(s), pump parts, and milk-collection bottles. Class limited to 8.  
Babies are welcome. Bring a mat or blanket on which your little one can stretch out. Food and snacks are permitted. Handouts and slides will be provided. 
Hosted by: Susan Howard, R.N., IBCLC
Upcoming times: Click the dates to register.

Monday, October 1, 2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Monday, November 5, 2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Monday, December 3, 2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Monday, January 7, 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Monday, February 4, 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Monday, April 1, 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church​
 

Work.Pump.Repeat: Survival Skills for the Working Momma
Are you returning to work?  This class is designed to help families with the logistics of returning to work to make way for a smoother transition. We discuss when to start pumping and storing your milk, working with your childcare providers, how much milk to send, sample pump schedules at work, logistical ideas for working and pumping, and a huge photo library of lactation spaces in and around DC. Babies welcome. 
Hosted by: Susan Howard, R.N., IBCLC
Upcoming times:   Click the dates to register.


The Art of Pumping: Your Essential Guide to Pumping
Whether you are new to pumping or a pro-pumper, this class offers an array of strategies to streamline the pumping process and maximize milk removal. We will talk about pumps, products, bras, flange fit, settings, care and maintenance, and milk storage tips and tricks. It is the perfect compliment to the Survival Skills for the Working Milk Momma class.  
Hosted by: Susan Howard, R.N., IBCLC
Upcoming times: Click the dates to register.

Bottle Skills: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Bottle skills come naturally to babies! Or do they? We will discuss bottles, bottle skills, and prerequisites necessary for successful transitions between breast, bottle, and pacifier. Learn about various bottle brands and nipple shapes and how each impacts milk flow and a baby’s ability to drink effectively from a bottle. Timelines of how and when to introduce bottle skills will be discussed, along with strategies to trouble shoot when baby won’t take the bottle. Information for daycare providers and caretakers will be provided as well.
Registration includes admittance, resources, and live “bottle feedback” from Susan. Bring your babies and their bottles for individualized feedback while you implement your newly learned tips and strategies!
Partners included with registration. Babies, boobs, bottles, and pumps always welcome.
Hosted by: Susan Howard, RN, IBCLC
Upcoming times: Click dates to register.