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Breastfeeding foundations: classes

Our breastfeeding instructors

Your instructors for this class are all registered nurses who work in the obstetrical department at MUSC Health. They have been specially trained in assisting and educating breastfeeding mothers. They've volunteered to teach this class and have a personal interest in breastfeeding.

You may see them again when you come to the hospital to have your baby as your labor and delivery nurse.

Our classes cover:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Breast milk components and anatomy of the breast
  • Pumping and storing breast milk
  • Nutrition for the mother during breastfeeding
  • Newborn reflexes for feeding; how to tell when your baby is hungry; nursing sleepy, fussy and uncooperative babies; beginning and preparing for breastfeeding; supplies; techniques and positions; helpful hints and tips to ease problems
  • Common problems and going back to work
  • Breastfeeding resources for further help

Breastfeeding course information

All patients and members of the community are welcome! There's a $10 fee simply to cover materials. All classes are held at 6-8 p.m. in the 2 West Classroom at MUSC's University Hospital in downtown Charleston; entering in the main lobby, you'll find 2 West just down the hall and around the corner from the hospital's Starbucks, which is itself just past the information desk where you'll sign in. If you have any trouble at all, ask any MUSC employee and they'll point you in the right direction or walk you to the room.

Parking is available in the Jonathan Lucas visitor garage; bring your parking ticket to class for validation. (View a PDF map of our downtown Charleston campus.)

Your instructor will contact you the week before class to confirm.

Register for a breastfeeding course

  • Please call 843-792-5300
  • Tell the operator that you want to register for the breastfeeding classes.