Breastfeeding Education Class

“Breast is Best” Breastfeeding Education Class

Clase de educación sobre lactancia materna “El pecho es el mejor”

                                                 Esta clase también se ofrece en español.

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"Breast-is-Best" Breastfeeding Education Class- Everything you need to know to get breastfeeding off to a good start.


A lactation Counseling session with Lactation Educator or Breastfeeding Peer Counselor to assist with common problems of lactation. In-home or phone consultation available.

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Breastfeeding your baby is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your child in terms of your health and the health your child. You may have many questions about how to get prepared to breastfeed, how your breasts make milk, and how to deal with common problems such as sore nipples or low milk supply. This class will answer all your questions and you will learn more about breastfeeding than you knew was possible!


This is a three-week series of classes; that meet for 2 hours per session, currently being taught on zoom until further notice due to COVID-19. This class can also be taught one-on-one in private sessions by our team in your home or over Zoom. We can provide instruction in Spanish upon request.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 20, 21 & 22, 2021

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

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The fee is $250.00 for a 3-week series of classes. $150.00 for low income. Free for Medi-Cal. 


In this class, you will learn about:

  • Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother, Baby, Partner and Society
  • How Grandmothers & Partners Can Support Breastfeeding Mothers
  • How your breasts make milk
  • How your breastmilk changes to meet the needs of your growing baby
  • Preparations for Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding in the Hospital
  • Common Myths and Realities of Breastfeeding
  • Skin-to-Skin contact with your Baby
  • Mother and Baby Positioning
  • Getting Your Baby Latched on Properly
  • How to Know if Baby is getting Enough Milk
  • Baby’s Weight Gain
  • Stool and Urine Patterns
  • Jaundice
  • Kangaroo Mothercare
  • Safe Co-Family Sleeping Guidelines
  • SIDS Prevention
  • Avoiding Artificial Baby Milk & Artificial Nipples
  • Pumping and Storage of Breastmilk
  • Hand Expression of Breastmilk
  • Dealing with Common Problems:
    • Mastistis
    • Blocked Ducts
    • Sore & Cracked Nipples
  • Breastfeeding in Special Situations:
    • Adoptive Nursing
    • Chest Feeding
    • Premature Babies & Breastfeeding in the NICU
    • Breastfeeding  Twins & Multiples
  • Resources for Breastfeeding Help


Our Lactation Counselors are available to provide one-on-one breastfeeding consultation in your home or over Zoom, Whatsapp, FaceTime, etc.  to help with common problems such as inverted nipples, low milk supply, sore nipples, etc.

English Instructor



Carla Clark

As a  full circle doula, I am able to provide both pregnancy, labor and postpartum doula services for a “full circle” of doula care. I completed my full circle doula training with Shafia Monroe Consulting. The Full Circle Doula Training® is an intensive 30-hour (3.5 days) prenatal, labor and postpartum doula training course. This distinctive training is built on the legacy of the 20th century African American Midwife, who provided holistic perinatal services with birth and postpartum rituals and mothering skills (Wilkipedia, 2003) building confidence and leadership abilities within families to improve birth outcomes and increase breastfeeding duration rates. SMCs model of care is to improve birth outcomes by reducing prematurity, increasing breastfeeding rates and duration, reducing infant mortality and recognizing postpartum depression. SMC believes that every pregnant woman deserves a SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion to support them throughout the entire pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. I mirror this model of care in in my practice as a doula.

In addition to my work as a doula, I became a certified lactation education specialist through Breastfeed LA’s 95-hour program, and am now currently on the pathway to becoming an IBCLC, or an international board-certified lactation consultant. This is critical because there are no statistics on how many Black international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) there are in the United States. The membership association doesn’t compile that information and the registering body (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) fails to provide this information as well. I believe that increasing the amount of Black IBCLC support will increase the rates of Black women’s breastfeeding outcomes, which is so crucial to their baby’s overall health in life. With my first child, I had no support with breastfeeding, and overcoming the struggles alone, I longed to help mothers such as myself. I never knew that a career in breastfeeding was actually possible.
I obtained a master’s degree in social work from California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) in 2014. I have served on several committees, including the AAIMM CAT (African-American Infant Maternal and Mortality Community Action Team) for San Gabriel Valley as a planning member. I am currently a student midwife while continuing to serve for several different volunteer doula organizations, including Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance. I love everything about birth and babies and am so honored when I am able to join a mother in this life changing journey.

Instructor de español



LisaEmpatizo fuertemente con la misión de Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance de servir principalmente a las personas negras y otras personas de color y de menor estatus económico debido a su grave maltrato a manos de profesionales médicos en el campo y como personas con más probabilidades de experimentar mortalidad infantil y materna, sufrir depresión posparto y tener una falta de acceso para ayudar con estos problemas.

Yo he sido testigo de la lucha de depresión posparto con mi propia madre con el nacimiento de su hijo menor y la falta de acceso que tuvo a ayuda. Yo igual luché con la depresión posparto y tuve un año difícil después del nacimiento de mi hija. El sentimiento abrumador de soledad y deseo de apoyo me hizo dar cuenta de lo que una persona en este rol puede ayudar a alguien que enfrenta esas mismas luchas. Quiero apoyar a los padres y a las personas biológicas en su función parental y ayudarlos a cuidarse a sí mismos también. Tanta atención como el bebé necesita a la persona biológica y pareja necesita la ayuda también.

El papel de un padre nunca será fácil, pero con un poco de ayuda, crianza y guías podemos hacer que sea una experiencia maravillosa para todos. Como doula posparto capacitada por DONA, estoy aquí para ayudarle a tomar las decisiones correctas para usted y su familia proporcionándole información basada en evidencia y asistencia sin juicio y opinión innecesaria. Sería mi alegría ayudarles hacer esta transición hermosa!





Elsie Gutierrez, MPH, Manager of Community Programs

(626) 388-2191 ext. 2