LLLC Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Breastfeeding Essentials


Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your baby! La Leche League Canada’s Breastfeeding Essentials class will help you prepare for the arrival of your baby and your breastfeeding journey. You will learn about:

  • Preparing to breastfeed
  • Basics of positioning and latching
  • Establishing your milk production
  • How to know your baby is getting enough milk
  • How and where to get support

Prior to the class you will be sent an email with more details including the meeting location (for in-person meetings), the Google Meet link (for virtual meetings), and Leader contact details

This class is free for all those who are pregnant plus their support people. 

Please see the list of classes below.

Healthcare professionals are asked to register for a class that is open to healthcare professionals. There is a $50 fee for Healthcare professionals to attend the Breastfeeding Essentials class. We appreciate your financial contribution to the success of La Leche League Canada.

Find an LLLC Group

This is a great time to connect with a Leader and others who are on the same breastfeeding journey you will soon be on.

Find your nearest LLLC Group here.

List of Resources

For more information on the topics discussed in the class, please see the following LLLC information sheets, outside links and videos.

La Leche League International Books

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th Edition

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family

Baby-Led Weaning: The (Not-So) Revolutionary Way to Start Solids and Make a Happy Eater

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La Leche League Canada Information Sheets

Section 1 - Preparing to Breastfeed

LLL Philosophy

Amazing Milk 

The Importance of Breastfeeding for Mothers and Parents 

Environmental Impact of Breastfeeding

Does Breast Size Matter? 

Flat or Inverted Nipples and Breastfeeding

Preparing to Breastfeed 

Food Choices While Breastfeeding

    Water: How much should I drink?    

    Vegan Diet and Breastfeeding

    Alcohol and Breastfeeding

    Caffeine and Breastfeeding

    Chocolate and Breastfeeding

    Nicotine - Smoking, Vaping, and Breastfeeding

    Vitamin D and the Breastfed Baby

    Breastfeeding Tools:  Will I need them?

    Nipple Shields

    Breast Pumps vs Hand Expression: Do you need to own a pump?  

    Prenatal Colostrum Expression

    Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, and Gestational Diabetes

    Cesarean Birth (c-section) and Breastfeeding


Section 2 - Breastfeeding Basics

    Skin-to-Skin Care 

    Delaying Baby’s First Bath Helps with Breastfeeding

    Positioning and Latching

    Nipple Pain: Why are my nipples sore?

    Breast Engorgement 

    Tongue Tie

    Mastitis: A Matter of Inflammation

    Newborns Have Small Stomachs

    Establishing your Milk Supply

    Low Milk Production 

    Growth Spurts and Frequent-Feeding Days

    Oversupply and Forceful Letdown


Section 3 - Good Signs and Getting Support

    Sleep and the Breastfeeding Family (including the Safe Surface Checklist)

    Poops and Pees

    Jaundice and Breastfeeding

    Growth of a Breastfed Babies

    Why Do Babies Cry?

    How to Know Your Baby is Getting Enough Milk

    How to Protect Breastfeeding While Supplementing

    Galactagogues (medications, herbs or foods)

    Triple Feeding: What Next?

    Breast Compressions and ’Switch Nursing

    How Partners and Supporters Can Help 

    Baby Blues, PPD, PPA, PPOCD, and Postpartum PTSD 

See also:    Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocol #29: Iron,
Zinc, and Vitamin D Supplementation During Breastfeeding

    Health Canada: Breastfeeding your baby

    Health Canada: Cannabis


Information for Healthcare Providers

If you are a healthcare provider we appreciate your interest in attending the LLLC Breastfeeding Essentials class. We hope that you will recommend it to your expectant clients and patients.

Healthcare providers are asked to pay a fee of $50 to attend the class which is offered at no cost to those planning on breastfeeding.

This fee will contribute to the valuable work of La Leche League Canada. We appreciate your support. You will receive a receipt for $50 for the cost of the class.

Please register to attend the LLLC Breastfeeding Essentials class here.

Breastfeeding Essentials Recorded Presentation

If possible, we encourage you to attend a scheduled Breastfeeding Essentials class. This will give you the opportunity to meet one of our volunteer Leaders and have your nursing questions answered.

If you cannot find a class that works with your schedule, register to receive a link to our recorded presentation.

If you wish to review what you learned, register to receive this recording AFTER attending a scheduled class.

(Recording coming soon!)

LLLC Breastfeeding Essentials

About timezones

Please note: times are displayed in the Group's local timezone.

Please find a date and time that works for you. Register by clicking on the Group name. A welcome email will be sent closer to the class with information about joining, location (whether virtual or in-person) and facilitator information.