The Lithgow group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association will be introducing new online breastfeeding education sessions to give support and information to families.
Breastfeeding Education Live (BEL) interactive webinars are led by qualified breastfeeding educators.
They cover topics like how to position and attach a baby to the breast, read a baby's cues and whether the baby is getting enough milk. There is also information on resources and support they can use when the baby arrives.
BEL webinars were designed to allow all families access to breastfeeding information even if they live in remote or rural areas. They are even more welcome, now that many other services are closed due to COVID-19.
BELs are held on weekends and some weeknights. Registration is through the Australia Breastfeeding Association website. Sessions cost $20 for ABA Members and $125 for non-members.
Lithgow ABA meetings are normally held on the first and third Wednesday of the month in the Church Hall on Roy Street and get togethers run from 10.30 until 12.30pm unless otherwise stated.
Lithgow breastfeeding counsellor Sheyl Hampson said regular group meetings were a great way to learn more about breastfeeding and parenthood.
"They provide an opportunity for a cuppa, chat and plenty of willing hands to help attend to your baby and toddler whilst you relax," she said.
"Attendees have access to trained breastfeeding counsellors to help you with any breastfeeding concerns, and acceptance of you and your family, no matter what your parenting style."
Tea and coffee are supplied, and if you have time it is asked you bring along something to share for morning tea.
"We do ask if you can make a gold coin donation at each meeting," she said.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the ABA is funded primarily by membership, which enables the continuation of services and support of parents, health professionals and the community about breastfeeding
Fathers, partners, carers, older children, grandparents and supporters are very welcome.
"A lot of expectant parents have never held a baby, let alone seen one being breastfed," ABA president Margaret Grove said.
"Many have missed out on the traditional learning through the generations. That's why it's so important that they have access to the kind of prenatal education that ABA is providing."
Due to the coronavirus the group has had to stop their regular in person meetings until further notice, however online is still accessible.
"Online sessions are different from face-to-face interaction but they have many benefits. Many enjoy attending BELs from the comfort of their own home. They are able to ask questions and interact with other expectant parents in a small group.
"The aim is to empower expectant parents and give them the confidence they need to breastfeed their baby," Ms Grove said.
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