Ocean County Health Department Now Offering Free Breastfeeding Class

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TOMS RIVER – Calling all new and expecting mothers! The Ocean County Health Department wants to help you on your breastfeeding journey with “Nursing Your Newborn.” Learn the basics of breastfeeding in this free class, held every third Wednesday of the month at the Southern Ocean County Medical Center, 7-9 p.m.

  “The Ocean County Health Department is proud to be teaming up with Southern Ocean Medical Center by offering this free, 2 hour class, and preparing mothers with the basics to begin her breastfeeding journey,” said Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator.

  The class will discuss the following:

  • How breastfeeding works  
  • Establishing a good milk supply  
  • How to get your baby to latch
  • How to know if your baby is getting enough milk  
  • Positions for breastfeeding
  • When and where to get support  
  • How to choose a breast pump
  • Returning to work and maintaining your milk supply   
  • Common challenges, and more

  “We are very excited about this program and the chance to help remove obstacles to obtaining high-level, evidence-based lactation support in the county,” said Patricia High, Ocean County Health Department Assistant Public Health Coordinator.  “Allow the OCHD professionals to help give you the best instruction and guide you through the nursing process because the more education you get now the better equipped you’ll be at home with your baby.”

  This class is free, but registration is required. To register, call 1-800-560-9990 to reserve a spot for you and one support person.

  “You can certainly learn about breastfeeding on the internet or from other materials, but nothing is better than the information, interaction and hands-on lessons you’ll receive from this class,” said Regenye.

  For more information, visit ochd.org/breastfeeding.