I took one at Isis Maternity. I was disappointed. I felt that I learned more from the lactation nurses at the hospital after delivery and the postpartum nurses. I don't feel like the class gave us an overwhelming amount of information that was beneficial. I would not recommend it however everyones comfort level and anticipation level is different. I feel that if you didn't take it you would be just fine and feel a great deal of comfort from the PP nurses and lactation nurses at the hospital. Hope this helps!
I just took a class at Beverly Hospital, and am very glad that I did.
I've been reading a lot on the subject, and it was refreshing to hear someone say that sometimes a baby comes out like they've read the manual on breastfeeding, and latch on like champs and other babies have challenges or just aren't very interested. I felt no pressure to breastfeed after attending the class, even though it is what I want to do. I guess I felt relieved that as long as your baby is being fed, you are doing your job as a great mom.
My midwife practice, while I love the all the gals, I have felt some pressure at times that the 'breast is the best" and I guess I still suffer from mild performance pressure - just like in high school and college before a big field hockey game - hehehe. I don't want to be anxious while trying to master the art of breastfeeding, as I think it is an art that involves both you and your baby's participation.
So, in a long winded nutshell, I would highly recommend a class - especially if you have any concerns/anxiety about breastfeeding.