The problem with the class was that it was BORING. She basically read off the slides for 3 hours. THREE HOURS. Oh my god…at one point I decided that the only reason to stay to the end was to slam the class in the evaluation.
-The five minutes spent on different holds with practice babies and boppy’s
—Nope, that’s it.
Moments that annoyed me…
1-Made a point of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommendation that mom’s and babies sleep in close proximity but avoided mentioning that the AAP also advises against co-sleeping so as not to piss off the AP (attachment parenting) parents in the room.
2-Suggested we keep this obsessive compulsive journal of feedings and diapers for the first month.
3-Had a ton of condescending “suggestions” for “dad’s” (not partners)to feel “included.”
4-Always referred to the babies as “he” and NEVER “she”
5-Overly cautious advice on what nursing moms can eat, take for medication, drink, etc. Some of this in direct contradiction to what my allergist, OB, books and websites all note. This included, by the way, a strong worded warning against Ibuprofen (totally safe) and Zyrtec (also totally safe).
6-Showed all these videos that were supposed to be “helpful” except they had no sound and all the teacher was saying were things like “cute baby”…roll eyes
There was more, but I spent a decent amount of time reading the slide and then tuning out beyond to notice that she was reciting the slide.
The bottom line is that based on reading pregnancy books, a few websites, and skimming some books that talk about breastfeeding (baby 411, the milk memos, from the hips) there was NO new information except actual practicing of the holds.
Waste of cash.
Edited to add–I’ve actually called the company and asked for a refund. I’ll let you know what happens. I don’t actually care if I get the money back as much as I want to make it clear that the class sucks (no pun intended). The thing that’s most interesting is that the class leader was an RN, and in general it was the class I was HOPING to take (mostly medical information, not blah blah blah crunch granola BOOOOOONDING) . I just hate classes where people read off of Power Point Presentations. I also hate having information distorted to try and scare the newbie parents. I realize that everyone wants to exaggerate dangers so as not to get sued if you are that one in a thousand or one in a hundred case, but when it’s to the point where you’ve lost my trust as a credible resource it’s difficult to believe any information I’m getting from you.