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. Due to our limited space, we ask that you leave strollers and/or carseats at home and use a baby carrier instead. If payment is a hardship, please call and ask our Program Director 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.

Health and Wellness Classes

The Whole Mother: Yoga Therapy for the Fourth Trimester, and Beyond

Join us on Thursdays for this 8-week yoga therapy series starting on April 6, 2017!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

In this 8-week course, we will use the tools of yoga therapy to help you find ease and peace in every layer of your being. The yogic perspective views each individual as multi-dimensional, the composite of different, yet interrelated parts. Each layer — from the physical body, to the energetic to the psycho-emotional, to the wisdom and bliss bodies — offers entry points for seeking, and finding healing and strengthening. Each class, we’ll do light physical practice, or yoga asana, spend time in the safe space of shared experience, or sangha, and practice training the mind in the interest of cultivating awareness, acceptance, compassion, and joyfulness. 

Course meets weekly Thursdays, April – May, 1:30-2:45pm

Dates:
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25

Cost is $225 for the 8-week series.

**Please note: This class is a yoga therapy class for moms to take some healing time to focus on their bodies and selves without their new baby.**

Julia Romano is a Certified Yoga Therapist with Masters in Yoga Therapy, Clinical Psychology, and Conflict Management. While all yoga can be therapeutic, as a trained yoga therapist Julia purposefully crafts practices geared to access the body’s infinite potential for healing, ease, and peace. Julia owns Empower Yoga Therapy (www.empoweryogatherapy.com), as well as Yoga NoMa (www.yoganoma.com), a small practice space in the NoMa area of DC.  Julia is also the momma of an awesome baby boy named Raff, and believes it’s her soul purpose to help other mommas become their most joyful selves through the tools of yoga therapy.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $225 for the 8-week series.

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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
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

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
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

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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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
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

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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Prenatal Yoga

Join us on Wednesdays from 9:45-11:00am for Prenatal Yoga!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Classes are designed and sequenced to help alleviate common discomforts in pregnancy and to prepare moms for labor and early motherhood.  This class will modify poses for all stages of pregnancy. Strengthen the body, calm the mind and prepare physically and mentally for childbirth. Your Prenatal Yoga practice includes:

  • Asana (postures)
  • Breathwork
  • Meditation

Classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor. Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $54 for the 3-class series; $20 per drop-in class.

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Mom and Baby Yoga

Join us every Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm for Mom and Baby Yoga!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Our Postnatal Yoga class focuses on the strengthening care of Mommy, while including baby. Postnatal Yoga is a healthy and natural way to heal the body after delivery and relieve stress and tension that comes with being a new mom. Through breathing techniques and movement, our postnatal class incorporates calming and relaxing ways to bond with your baby and reconnect to self.

Our class fosters an openly supportive space for other moms to connect and bond as well as forge new friendships with other moms. The class will provide rejuvenating and energizing asanas (postures) to help rebuild the key muscle and body groups that were affected by a pregnancy. Open to all moms and babies six weeks to crawling.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $54 for the 3-class series, or $20 for drop-ins.

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C-Section Scars: Problems and effective physical therapy solutions

Please check class calendar for class dates and times.

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Long-term potential problems that arise from scar tissue adhesions after a caesarean section are often underestimated.  Common complaints are of sensitivity at the site of the scar and discomfort with positional changes.  However, the possible consequences don’t stop there.  Back and pelvic pain, bladder issues, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and even migraines and jaw pain are all common ailments associated with c-section scarring.  The great news is that problems with c-section scars can be effectively treated.  Join us for a 60-minute interactive workshop to learn more about solutions to scar tissue problems with pelvic floor physical therapy and myofascial release.

This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

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Prevention and Treatment of Urinary and Fecal Incontinence

Please check class calendar for class dates and times.

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Urinary/fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (e.g. prolapse of the bladder, uterus, rectum etc.) for new moms are problems that are not always easy to discuss with friends or family, but these issues are more common than you think. Join our expert pelvic floor PT’s to understand the different types of incontinence, their causes, and learn simple and effective treatment tools for long-term relief.

This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

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Pain During Sex? A Physical Therapy Guide to Getting Rid of Pelvic Pain after Childbirth

Please check class calendar for class dates and times.

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Pain and/or discomfort with intercourse after childbirth is common and can be caused by several issues like pelvic floor muscle spasms (vaginismus), scar tissue adhesions, pudendal neuralgia, and joint (pelvic bones, coccyx, sacrum, lumbar spine) dysfunction.  Join us for a 60-minute interactive workshop to learn more about how to self manage these issues and how pelvic floor physical therapy can help. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

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