Certified HUG Teacher Brings The HUG Home and to Hawaii!

Suzanna Baker is a Certified Labor Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist also in a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor course, and on her path to becoming an IBCLC! She is also a Baby Signs Infant Sign Language Instructor and has an Early Childhood 0-18 mth focus. She is the mother of 5 children and a military wife currently stationed in Oahu, Hawaii.

I am ecstatic to be able to share the concepts of HUG Your Baby with the families I work with. I first learned of HUG Your Baby via the Cappa website and upon further investigation it seemed it would fit well with my work.

HUG Your Baby Zones and SOSs are such a wonderful and easy to understand tool for early parenting. This information is already clicking with so many of my new parents! You can just see the "ah ha" moments parents have when you explain the SOSs and Zones as it relates to their individual baby. The relief new parents get when you give them this information and relate it specifically to their baby is just priceless! There is nothing better than instilling more confidence in a Mother/new baby bond. It's so vital. Even as a Mom of 5 who deals with this age group every day, I learned many new concepts and tricks to deal with my own infant. 

It's always a struggle in our culture to promote lactation when many moms are not aware of normal newborn cues and behaviors. Breastfeeding education is so important and I feel HUG classes will do wonders for the Mother/infant bond as well as Father/infant and extended family. I plan to teach HUG Your Baby concepts at local classes, at pregnancy crisis center and homeless shelters. These locations are always in need of lactation classes, parenting classes, childbirth education classes.  I think families who follow HUG Your Baby will see a longer breastfeeding duration and that is a wonderful thing for the baby and the family!