Happy National Breastfeeding Week! Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned pro, you’ve probably heard about Medela. Medela is a top brand that makes and sells breast pumps and other pump or breastfeeding-related supplies.
Medela has received some fire in the breastfeeding world for various reasons, but I for one am very thankful for this brand. Whenever I have babies, I endure a condition known as hyperlactation which is just as it sounds–I make WAY too much milk for the wee one at hand. If it hadn’t been for a hospital grade Medela breast pump, then, later on, the Medela Freestyle pump, my firstborn son would never have received his mother’s milk.
Well, Medela has recently come out with a really neat online breastfeeding course called Medela Breastfeeding University. This course heavily endorses breastfeeding, gives the facts behind why breastfeeding is so good for babies, and teaches a variety of helpful lessons on the breastfeeding topic.
Here is a list of some of the really neat things I enjoyed about this course:
- The course costs a mere $25.
- The whole course is only 2 hours and 30 minutes long, but, to make it easy to take for busy moms-to-be, the course is divided into 10 segments of 5 to 12 minutes long each.
- 100% of the proceeds earned from the class go to the Ronald McDonald charities.
- You can watch the classes anytime, anywhere, on your computer or mobile device.
- Each class is mainly audio so you can browse the web while listening, but they each also have visuals so visual learners (such as myself) learn everything more clearly.
- Each class has an easy, quick quiz afterwards so the key points really stick in your head (and no worries–you don’t get graded and it doesn’t matter if you answer incorrectly).
- Once you finish the course, you get a Medela Accessory Starter Set which includes disposable bra pads, Tender Care lanolin, Quick-Clean Micro-Steam bags, Quick Clean wipes, Pump & Save breastmilk bags, a Medela Breastfeeding Resource Guide, and a Medela Breastmilk Storage Guidelines magnet–a majority of which are VERY helpful to take with you to the hospital when you give birth.
I was given the chance to review the Medela Breastfeeding University course so I could tell you what I think about it.
I LOVE that the course is split into 10 short segments. It makes it SO easy to listen/look at each course, plus it makes it easy to retain the information because it is presented in smaller, “easier-to-chew” quantities.
Each class was very easy to follow. They were audio, but also visually presented slides. Being a visual learner, these slides were very helpful to me.
In the upper right-hand corner of each lesson is a drop-down menu that says “Handouts.” This menu displays a variety of helpful items including some PDFs which can be downloaded and printed or links that lead to another page on the Medela website to provide helpful information. There’s even a link to a form where you can present questions to a lactation consultant.
At the end of each class is a short quiz which I really appreciate. They were easy and really helped me to retain the key points in its corresponding class. And no stress–I wasn’t graded!
Though I now have two kiddos–one for whom I exclusively pumped and the other who I successfully breastfed–I still learned a LOT from taking this mini course and also gleaned some valuable ideas. I really wish this course was available before I had my first one, but I am thankful for it now, too, as the information will come in handy in conversations with other moms and for breastfeeding my future children.
This course would make a great baby shower gift, plus it’s inexpensive enough for a new mom to buy for herself.
You can purchase the Medela Breastfeeding University course online at www.MedelaBreastfeedingUS.com/Breastfeeding-University.
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