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What people are saying about the workshop:

This is a great workshop for first-time moms and dads alike. While you never know what your baby will be like, this is a good way to establish a baseline of expectations, to know what to expect and not to expect during those first few weeks of parenthood. I highly recommend it!
M. & B. C.

The information was extremely useful, a good mix of video, handouts and general information, easy to follow. It was great to get Dads involved and hands on.
N. & K. O.

We feel very comfortable about approaching you in the near future when our baby is born, even if all is going well!
E. & M. G.

Thought the presentation was great. Very concise, practical and useful. Enjoyed your perspective and common sense approach very much.
M. H & D. T.

It was very informative and fun!
A. L & V. W

Very relaxed, good fun and brought everybody into the experience.
T. & G.G.

The workshop was really informative (and entertaining).
J. & S. H.

A wonderful workshop in a very informal and comfortable setting where everyone felt at ease to ask questions and offer opinions. Thankyou so much!
R. & R. W.

I left the workshop feeling more confident about the birth and breastfeeding. Iona is generous with her knowledge and time! Thanks very much!
K.C & H.H.

Really worth it! Very informative, friendly, relaxed and enjoyable! Thankyou!
P. & R. F.

I feel much more confident about breastfeeding.

Practical demonstration of baby care was very informative and helped us get the feel.
K. & S. K.

Package of materials is excellent.
D. G.

I definitely feel more confident about breastfeeding now!

I had already decided to breastfeed, it just made me feel I had made the right decision.

I like that we got to practice the various breastfeeding positions.

Very informative with lots of real-life examples.
B. & J. W.

Good for the husbands, very interesting and useful.
C. & M. G.

I liked the small group setting, the videos, and I love the handouts. I found the class to be extremely helpful.

There was a wonderful amount of information and documents to refer back to. I enjoyed the husbands being involved. They learned as much as we did. You were kind enough to answer all our questions too.
V. & M. A.

Relaxed and light-hearted and still professional. Overall a very good experience and we would recommend this class to any future "expecting" friends.
A. & L. H.

Very comforting, knowing that we can call you.
E.S. & V. M.

Very good mixture of video, presentation, papers, and practice with the baby doll was very helpful.
F. & K. B.

I really like Iona's positive attitude and the use of positive words.
I. & I. B.

What we liked: small and intimate setting, and being able to ask questions throughout.
J. & M. G.

Getting the guys involved was key!
D. I.

**MUST SEE video on expressing milk**
Video reproduced from
Stanford School of Medicine

Breastfeeding and Parenting workshop

Are you having a baby in Tokyo? Hoping to breastfeed? With accurate information and good support, you will be better prepared to succeed at breastfeeding your new baby.

Blue Sky offers the only breastfeeding and parenting workshop for expectant couples taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in English in Japan, and is currently the only IBCLC qualified Lactation Consultant practising within the foreign community in Tokyo.

Please note:The next workshop will be held in Tokyo on January 20, 2013 . The workshops can also be taken privately via skype anytime.

What is a Lactation Consultant?
A certified Lactation Consultant is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. In order to be eligible for certification, over 2500 hours of experience helping mother and babies with breastfeeding is necessary. IBCLCs must recertify every five years in order to keep the prescribed standards of the profession.

Click here to read about the work of Lactation Consultants, or to find an IBCLC in other parts of Japan.

Blue Sky Breastfeeding and Parenting Workshop

Why have a workshop for breastfeeding?
Isn't it a natural process?

Before you own baby arrives, you may not have spent any time with a newborn baby nor seen breastfeeding in action. We like to believe that breastfeeding will come naturally to a mother after her baby is born, but sadly, this is not always the case. Over time, hospital procedures and schedules have impacted upon the establishment of breastfeeding, and many new mothers find themselves struggling in the early days.

The Blue Sky Breastfeeding and parenting workshop addresses these issues and more, with a focus on good breastfeeding practices, supported by plenty of up-to-date research. If you have accurate and reliable information, you can make the birth and feeding decisions that best suit you and your family. By preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy, you are increasing your chances of success.

Attending a workshop may also prove to be more economical in the long run, as you may not need ongoing specialised breastfeeding help after your baby arrives. The money you invest in a good start to breastfeeding can help save you time, money and energy in solving feeding problems after baby arrives. This workshop is an investment in your baby's and your future health and wellbeing!

Tokyo Workshop details:
Sunday January 20, 2013 1.30pm - 4pm

When is the best time to take the workshop?
The optimum time to take the Blue Sky Breastfeeding and Parenting workshop is during your third trimester. This way the materials will be more meaningful to you and you will be well prepared even if baby makes an appearance earlier than expected. But you are welcome to attend any time you like.

Topics covered in the breastfeeding and parenting workshop include:
  • What do I need to do to prepare for breastfeeding before my baby arrives?

  • How can I avoid pain when I am breastfeeding?

  • How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

  • How can I increase my milk supply?

  • My mother/sister/friend had trouble breastfeeding. What can I do to avoid the same problems?

  • I'm going back to work. How can I continue breastfeeding?

  • How soon can we expect our lives to return to normal?

  • What about Dad, how can he be involved?

  • Patterns of newborn behaviour.

  • Comforting your crying baby  
  • Night-time parenting for the breastfed baby

  • Breastfeeding in public

  • Travelling with a little baby

Why should fathers be part of the breastfeeding workshop?:
While breastfeeding is not something a father can do, the breastfeeding mother and baby benefit significantly from his encouragement and support as they learn their new skills together. Breastfeeding is about so much more than just technique!

By taking a workshop together during pregnancy, fathers can learn about how breastfeeding works, what is normal behaviour for a newborn baby, and why breastfeeding is such an important health choice for your baby. As you adjust your lives to include this new little person, a father is in a unique position to sustain and encourage the breastfeeding mother.

Cost: 15,600 yen per couple, payable on registration to confirm your place. The fee includes materials and email follow-up after your baby arrives.

Click here to register for a workshop or for further enquiries.

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Account number: 00130-3-572805 Name: BLUE SKY

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(Blue Sky does not receive credit card details from PayPal.)

Who runs the breastfeeding workshop?
The workshop is run by Iona Macnab BA(Hons) LLB IBCLC RLC, a long-term Tokyo resident and mother of 3 children, all breastfed. She has been working with breastfeeding mothers and babies in Tokyo since 1997. A former lawyer, she trained as a volunteer counsellor with an international breastfeeding support network after the birth of her first child, and later decided to pursue a career as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In addition to her work as a Lactation Consultant, she still volunteers her time running the breastfeeding support network meetings. She is a committee member of the International Lactation Consultant Associaton, the Japanese Association of Lactation Consultants, and the Lactation Consultants of Australia & New Zealand group, and is accredited in Australia as a Baby Friendly Hospital Assessor. She aims to keep her workshops relaxed and informal, with interactive and fun segments to help you feel confident and prepared for your baby's arrival and breastfeeding.

* Private lactation consultations and breastfeeding help

Breastfeeding consultations via skype! In the privacy of your own home or hospital room. Click here

Working closely with you, Iona will design an individual plan with suggestions to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals.

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