This class is intended to teach you the basics of breastfeeding as well as how to best support breastfeeding and lactating families.

This three-hour class meets the lactation education requirements for DONA certification. You will receive a certificate to include with your Birth and/or Postpartum Doula certification through DONA International at the end of the class.

The information and concepts presented in our classes follow the best practices of modern lactation science and is supported by the most recent and up-to-date evidence-based content and research.

We're looking forward to having you in class and helping you level up your doula skills! Please reach out to Alison Spath at with questions or for more information.

Class Schedule

Class length is 3 hours. Dates & times vary. Available as an in-person and a virtual session.

  • Monday, May 20 (virtual) 6 - 9 PM (eastern time)
  • Fall 2024 class dates TBA

$80 per person

The Breastfeeding for Doulas course includes:

  • Understanding how milk supply is established and maintained
  • Latching tips and techniques along with hands on practice with positioning techniques.
  • Common breastfeeding problems and concerns related to maternal pain, infant weight gain, milk supply and more.
  • When and where to find help and how to recognize if and when families would benefit from professional lactation support.
  • Supporting clients during "the golden hour" and postpartum at home.
  • Resources within the Rochester community and how to find resources in your own community and online.

Alison Spath, IBCLC, Body Ready Method Pro, CD(DONA)

Alison cares deeply about the importance of personal and informed decision-making and aims to provide her clients with evidence-based information in all things related to pregnancy, birth, feeding and early parenthood. Alison’s own birth and breastfeeding experiences along with her work with hundreds of families over the years has taught her that there are often unpredictable bumps and turns on this journey. What’s most important to her is that you were informed of your options and feel supported, heard and respected throughout all the many decisions you will make during this time in your life.

At BBC, Alison teaches our Intro to Breastfeeding class for expecting parents, facilitates our weekly breastfeeding support group Breastfeeding Cafe, offers private in home (or at BBC) lactation consults and manages our yoga studio. Alison is currently accepting lactation clients and accepts birth doula clients on a limited basis.