Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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What happens at breastfeeding class?

Do I really need to take a breastfeeding class before my baby is born? What will I learn?


Do I really need to take a breastfeeding class before my baby is born? What will I learn?

The Bump Expert

Is a breastfeeding class a requirement? No. Will it help you know what to expect and help you prevent problems? Yup! So if you can fit a breastfeeding class into your schedule, we definitely recommend it.

“It’s always a good idea to be as educated as you can,” says Myra Wick, MD. “A breastfeeding class can introduce you to some of the different holds and offer some reassurance that breastfeeding is not something that’s going to happen immediately. You and your baby are both going to need some time to get the hang of it.”

Of course, you might need more help right after your baby is born. Even if you’ve taken a class and learned what a perfect latch is, that doesn’t mean actually doing it -- and doing it right -- it will be a breeze. It takes practice -- and maybe even some hands-on instruction! Most nursery nurses are pros at helping moms and babes get the hang of breastfeeding. Your hospital might also have special lactation specialists or consultants on staff. Take advantage of any help you can get! Breastfeeding is definitely a learned process, and the more help you get in the hospital, the better equipped you’ll be to handle it at home.

If you can’t get to a breastfeeding class, try to set aside some time to read a breastfeeding book. (The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is excellent.) Talking to other moms or watching how-to-breastfeed videos online can help too.

Plus, more from The Bump:

A Smart Start: The First Week of Breastfeeding

Top 10 Reasons to Breastfeed

Worst Breastfeeding Advice -- Ever!

Myra Wick, MD, ob-gyn, medical editor in chief of Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

What happens at breastfeeding class?

Everything that teaches you about being a better mother is optional.These are easy programs that only help you know more. It depends entirely on you if you want to know more or if you want to learn things solely relying on the maternal instincts.

Christian Guillaume |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

It's good when you read book about breastfeeding, but I think it's better when somebody's there to show you how to do it precisely. It's true that you don't need a masters degree to do some things and many of them are done instinctively, but having professional help does save you some time.

KumaraKama |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

Going to breastfeeding classes won't guarantee you'll keep a socail worker out of the house, but it will help. Basically, you'll be taught to be a good mother, to nourish and keep your baby safe. You'll have a head start in what being a mother is all about.

Lisha Savannah |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

I don't think that learning something will ever be bad. I remember that in college, I inured 7 habits and one of them was to learn or to read something new daily. I know that most of the information is theory, but there's a quote in chess: the theory is the praxis of the masters.

RonAbner56 |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

I did not want to go to a breastfeeding class but I saw some online studies about this and a lot of moms don`t know how to properly breastfeed their children because they don`t want to attend such classes. I decided to go with a friend of mine and I don`t regret my decision even a little bit, I have learned a lot of new things and met a couple of people with whom I`ve became very good friends.

amyabel68 |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

Practically this is a course just like any other you'd take if you were pursuing your passions. I personally didn't go, I asked my mother about everything there is to know and that was it. I grew up nice and healthy, so I trust her more than I'd trust a stranger.

LindsaySkye |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

Yes you should really attend the breastfeeding class! I had my first baby when I was studying for a masters degree program and it was pretty hard and I still attended the breastfeeding classes. It is not that much time consuming so you can easily do it in the 3rd trimester.

ShakiaCallo |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

Although I didn't get any online degrees, I decided to simply read some courses on the internet about breastfeeding. I had already known most of the details from my friends, so this was merely a method of reassuring myself that I got the right information.

CheyanneEdith |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

As I said in an earlier post you should really attend breastfeeding class because you'll never know how to do it. Even if you are not pregnant you should consider it as a good education after college because when you will be around 30 you will want children. Thank God I attended every course on how to be a mom!

EmmsGrey |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

I don't think that a breastfeeding class is a must, but it's very necessary to be well prepared to be a parent. Just imagine that you have the right career and you try to combine both the work and the family. To make this work you should know the subtleties of both of them.

RonAbner56 |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

There are quite a few things one mom can learn in this class. You may want to do a study for your MBA, because there are so many aspects to understand. For instance, I want to know if babies fed after a traditional method are healthier.

LenBrannon |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

My wife said that at these classes she learned how to be a better mom. Of course, if you want to be technologically savvy, then you should know that the teachers show the latest innovations in parenting. I know that many of us are excellent parents, but it never hurts to know more about how raising a child.

RonAbner56 |

What happens at breastfeeding class?

I tried breastfeeding my first and had some issues. I didn't take a breastfeeding class but really wished afterwards that I had. The hospital nurses kept asking if I needed help but I always said no because I though things were going alright. Once we got home the baby wouldn't even try latching, she would just cry. At her first appointment the pediatrician scared me into using formula because she had already lost her 10% of her birth weight, which I would find out later happens to almost every baby, breastfed or not. I really wish I had stuck with it and that the pediatrician had been more supportive. I ended up pumping exclusively so baby still got breast milk for the first 3 months until I dried up from only using a pump, so it was better than nothing, but still not the experience I was hoping for. I'm due with my second in a few months and have already signed up to take a breastfeeding class, have a lactation consultant lined up to come to my home after we come home with baby, and fully intend on getting every bit of help I can from the hospital nurses this time. If there's one thing I've learned with my first, it's to not shy away from help and to ask lots of questions!

darcyalene |


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