I recommend that couples take a breastfeeding class prior to giving birth. This could be a separate class on breastfeeding, not as a part of their childbirth preparation classes or in addition to a series. Having a class solely on breastfeeding will enable new parents to confidently discuss breastfeeding with care providers and others once their baby arrives.
Vancouver classes are held at Lower Mainland Childbearing Society and Bloom Breastfeeding Center.
In my doula practice I provide support to new moms privately in their home, as well as group breastfeeding education sessions.
It helps to have an experienced support person who can offer suggestions and guidance while moms and babies master the art of breastfeeding. This may include their care provider or a hospital postpartum nurse, the Public Health Nurse who visits moms and newborns in their home or the local La Leche League group.
I also encourage new moms to contact a Lactation Consultant if they need more experienced support. LC's are very knowledgeable and can provide guidance with a variety of circumstances that may arise.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful shared experience between mother and baby - both benefit from this relationship.