We had a fabulous Breastfeeding Basics class presented by Bravado Designs on September 9th at the Loft at Brick Canvas, located in the heart of Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah! I loved teaching and getting to know all of our Lactation Link mamas (and supporting partners)! Helping create confidence in motherhood is what Lactation Link is all about. We also had a lot of fun with grab bags from our sponsors like Bravado Designs, Valley OBGYN, Milk Snob, Sweet n Swag and our yummy lunch from Village Baker Lehi!
Here is what one mom had to say about the class:
Our amazing event venue sponsor, Brick Canvas is the place that just keeps on giving! You can read more about why you HAVE to visit their spa, by viewing this post on wellness. I love to do their hot yoga classes a few times per week and massages at Brick Canvas are top notch quality! Make sure you pamper yourself wherever you are (all the time, but especially during pregnancy!) For those who are local to Utah, I asked Brick Canvas if they could share a promotion with my readers and they did! Mention these offers when booking (801.407.8620) – and hurry! They’re only valid through November 4th, 2017.
Click through for more photos, a sneak peak into the Breastfeeding Basics class, and promo codes from our event sponsors!
Lactation Link Breastfeeding Basics Class Sponsors
Our presenting sponsor, Bravado Designs, is your one stop bra shop for pregnant and nursing Mamas! Their new Belle Underwire Nursing Bra is the dreamiest bra you could ever hope for. It gives the functionality of a nursing bra but gives the girls some shape too! Their Clip and Pump Bra is also a necessity for any mom planning to pump! Every mama deserves to have these comfortable bras, especially when you will be wearing them constantly! Use the code ‘LACLINK’ for 15% off your purchase on bravadodesigns.com!
Not only do our in-person Breastfeeding Basics class attendees get the best breastfeeding education and hands-on practice, Q&A time with our staff of breastfeeding experts, a delicious lunch from the Village Baker, a whole support network of new friends and lactation experts…they go home with grab bags worth over $230 when they purchased the general admission ticket, and over $480 when they purchased the VIP ticket!
Valley OBGYN included an adorable delivery essentials box to help our mamas prepare for labor! ValleyOBGYN has locations in St George, Payson, Springville, Provo, Orem, American Fork, and Lehi. They have OBGYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners to serve a wide range of needs. I like how Valley Women’s Health takes a team approach to care – meaning that you are seen by several different practitioners during your prenatal care. This creates a very well-balanced approached as all practitioners have different backgrounds and experiences and being seen by several can ensure you a well-rounded experience. It also creates a familiarity with the team so there are no new faces in the delivery room! See more about their practices here and call 801.374.1801 to book. Baby Cubby, that really does have the best of everything baby, has offered our readers $10 off of $50 with the code ‘SUPERHERO50’ or $20 off of $100 with the code ‘SUPERHERO100’.
Moby Wraps were a huge hit with everyone at our class! These wraps are a must have for every mom! They promote skin-to-skin contact (and all the benefits that come with it!) and also leave your hands free to attend to an older baby or get a few things done.
Each attendee received a Milk Snob nursing cover for each of our attendees. These covers are so useful to have, have four different uses (nursing cover, car seat cover, shopping cart cover, and scarf!) and also they look good! We even had moms using them during our class!
Milkful Lactation Oat Bars supplied some awesome bars for our mamas. They are so yummy and good for mama and baby! You can use the code ‘LLINK’ for 20% off your order at Milkful if you missed the class or need to stock up again.
We were super excited to share Bamboobies with our moms. They are a great option for nursing pads – comfortable, reusable, and environmentally-friendly! Our mamas also received some of their comforting Nipple Balm and Pumping Lubricant. You can save 20% using code ‘LLINK20’ on their site.
Janae Kristen photography captured all these lovely images for us at this class. She has also captured many of the beautiful images shown in our classes, website, and on social media. She does a beautiful job for weddings, maternity, newborn and lifestyle photography in Utah and is available to travel! She has offered an INCREDIBLE discount of 15% off birth stories when you mention this blog post! Contact her directly at email@example.com to book!
It was so great to have Cami Kesler Family Nurse Practitioner there at class to share her top tips for finding the right healthcare provider for your baby. She practices in the American Fork, UT Utah Valley Pediatrics office (801.756.5209 to book) and you can read tips from her @camikesler_fnp on Instagram.
All of our mamas also received some Milestones cards so families can capture their new baby’s breastfeeding milestones! When you purchase our 3 video breastfeeding class bundle, you receive breastfeeding specific milestone cards to document your journey!
All the goodies are the icing on the cake after our class with the best research-based breastfeeding tips and tricks. This includes info on the first feed, how to latch, how to hand-express and more! One tip I shared in class is taking advantage of the quiet-alert state to feed baby, rather than waiting til they are overly hungry and upset.
Brenda Mueller said, “I was able to to take all my little fears and worries and squash them before leaving. I left feeling confident and ready for my baby to come.” This is ALWAYS my goal with teaching! Creating confident mamas is the number one purpose of this class!
We love hearing what our moms have to say about the Breastfeeding Basics class. Here is what a couple moms said…
Mingling & Photo Booth
We don’t like to let pregnant mamas sit too long, so we had a break to stretch our legs and have a little fun! Our lunch break was INCREDIBLE, because Village Baker Lehi provided every attendee with a delicious sandwich, chips, and cookie the size of my face!
We also had a fun photo booth for moms to take pictures at before, during, and after instructional time! We love being able to see all the glowing mamas shine in these pictures!
We were super excited to have so many moms and partners in class. We had 100 attendees in this class! In order for every mom to get individual hands-on practice, we broke out into four groups led by our expert team of IBCLCs.
Stephanie taught on “keeping calm and latching on”. Her hands-on teaching technique involved everyone blowing up a balloon to demonstrate a proper latch!
Bri went over “common breastfeeding myths”, as well as showcased how your baby’s diapers will look the first few weeks of life!
Kristin gave examples of the different positions to use during breastfeeding. Changing up positions if you are struggling is always a good place to start!
And I taught about why hand expression is so helpful in the breastfeeding process.
We make sure that our attendees are able to have time to ask their questions. Making sure our community of moms feels supported and heard is a big part of who we are. Moms were welcome to ask questions during the presentations and we had designated Q&A time at the end. If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out!
More classes and events
If you couldn’t make it to this class, we have you covered! You can check out our video breastfeeding classes and you can watch them anytime, anywhere, from any smart device.
Can’t wait to help another group of parents create confidence in their breastfeeding journey!
Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo Lindsey Shipley + The Lactation Link Team