Health and Wellness Classes

classes are offered by Breastfeeding Outreach for Greater Washington

We offer a wide range of free and low-cost classes for expectant, new and experienced mothers of newborns to toddlers. Our classes are taught by our IBCLCs or instructors that are highly qualified in their respective fields. Please register through our calendar!

Babies are always welcome to come to class! Our free classes can be crowded due to our no turn away policy; please register in advance. If payment is a hardship, please call and ask our Program Coordinator for options.

All of the classes described below can be taught privately one-on-one or for a small group by one of our IBCLCs or instructors.

Infant Massage

Join us the first 3 Thursdays of every month from 10:00-11:15am or 11:30am-12:45pm for our Infant Massage Series!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

In this hands-on class, parents will learn how to massage their babies to increase bonding, better sleep and help decrease colic and general discomfort due to gassiness. Each week of the series will focus on different strokes and parts of the body and handouts will be provided so you can practice at home too. Benefits of Infant Massage (for babies 8 weeks to pre-crawling)

  • Help your baby sleep deeper, longer
  • Reduce or avoid fussy time
  • Relieve colic, gas, and constipation
  • Ease the stress of the day
  • Learn to read baby’s cues
  • Stimulate growth and development

Payment is required in advance for class registration. Series is held the first 3 Thursdays (consecutive) of every month; cost is $100 for 3 classes. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

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Tummy Time Class Series

Contact us at 202-293-5182 for more information on the next scheduled series.

Tummy time is so important for babies to build a foundation of strength that will help them develop many motor and cognitive milestones. Tummy time should start immediately after babies are born and gradually build daily until they are practicing at least 60 minutes a day, by 4 months of age. Unfortunately, tummy time is not always a desired position for every baby and some babies have a difficult time tolerating the position at all. If you are struggling to get your baby to meet the recommended time in tummy time, or want to learn more about how to interact and play with your child, come to our 3 week class to learn tips, strategies, and alternatives. Get personalized recommendations and advice from torticollis and infant specialist, Dr. Stefanie Morici, DPT.

Benefits of tummy time:

Neck strength

Core strength

Avoid/prevent flat spots

Visual development

Vestibular development

Sensory processing

Stretching of hip muscles

Avoiding torticollis

Dr. Stefanie Morici, PT, DPT is the owner of Infant Physical Therapy of Northern Virginia. She graduated valedictorian from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is an experienced therapist who has worked in a variety of settings, with her focus being in pediatrics for the past 6 years since moving to the DC area in 2012. Stefanie has worked in early intervention performing developmental evaluations and therapy services, charter schools, and for a private physical therapy company.  Stefanie is comfortable working in homes and daycares, fully assessing home environments, and teaching caregivers how to best meet their child’s motor needs.

Stefanie is educated in instructing infant massage, is certified in pediatric kinesiotaping, and is an Early Interventionist trained in infant and toddler development. Stefanie is comfortable performing developmental assessments, physical therapy evaluations, and developing comprehensive plans of care in order to treat infants and toddlers until they fully achieve their goals.  She has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since becoming a physical therapist and is dedicated to using evidence based practice to ensure the most desirable outcomes. Stefanie’s therapeutic approach focuses on manual skills combining several different methods of facilitation, neuromuscular activities, parent education, play based therapy, and coaching.

Stefanie has been clinically dedicated to the torticollis patient population for the last two years and has given multiple presentations on the importance of early identification and management of the condition. Aside from torticollis, Stefanie also has numerous experiences in working with a variety of pediatric conditions including: cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental delay, hypotonia/hypertonia, dyspraxia, and prematurity.

This class is designed for babies 10 weeks and beyond.

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Starting Solids

Join us on the 2nd Saturday of every other month from 10am-12pm and the 3rd Tuesday of every other month from 6-8pm for our Baby’s First Solids Class! (See calendar for specific dates.)

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

Starting Solids will explore questions on why, when, and how to start solid foods; including topics of age appropriateness for foods, and allergies. A list of most appropriate first foods will be provided, along with guidelines on how much to feed your baby. The class will also explore tips on preparing homemade baby food, what to look for in purchased baby food, baby-led weaning, how to make sure your child’s food is nutrient-dense, basic nutritional needs for babies and how to meet them within your family’s diet.

Class is taught by  a certified Natural Foods Chef, Plant-Based Nutritionist and Certified Lactation Counselor with over a decade of experience as a food, cooking and wellness educator (Saturdays) and an experienced Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor passionate about helping families establish healthy habits for life (Tuesdays).

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $60 per person; $70 per couple. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

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Doula Meet and Greet

Join us the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:00-7:00pm for our Doula Meet and Greet!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

Expected parents are encouraged to attend our monthly Doula Meet and Greet to learn about supported birth and interact with local labor and delivery doulas. This meet and greet session is intended for interested families to research your birth options, and maybe even meet a doula that you would like to work with!

This is a free class; please register in advance.

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