When I signed up for the course, it said husbands were encouraged to attend but were not required. I took this to mean, "Hey! It would be really great if husbands came!" so mine did. Out of the dozen or so pregnant women, there were about 8 husbands/boyfriends that came along. A word of warning: I thought the class would have illustrations of boobs and babies rather than pictures (and video) of the real thing. I was very wrong. If your husband would be weirded out by a lot of other women's milk jugs, don't bring them.
10 things I learned about breastfeeding:
- Babies don't come out of the womb ready and rarin to go - you both have to work at it. They do come out hungry so they'll be ready to eat something.
- Women need to continue taking prenatals and eating an additional 400-500 calories each day while breastfeeding.
- Women usually don't have their menstrual cycle while breastfeeding.
- You can save up to $3,000 a year when you breastfeed versus using formula.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese and more likely to attend college.
- Breastfeeding mothers lose their baby weight much faster (it helps your uterus shrink faster and also burns hundreds of calories).
- Breastfed babies and breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop certain cancers.
- Breastfed baby diapers are less stinky than formula diapers (this is great especially for those using cloth diapers!)
- An infant's stomach is so tiny that it takes very little to satisfy their hunger.
- Because of #9, feedings should occur at least every 3 hours, even through the night (which means you have to wake a sleeping baby to make sure they're eating).
I'm looking forward to breastfeeding for many reasons. The two biggest reasons are to bond with Joanna and to save a lot of money for her college fund.