thought id start a thread for our miracle month next year and share our progress and scans and stuff!!!
Happy to have any NZ ladies on here too and will update due dates as i recieve them as best i can!
1st: ðŸ’™ðŸ’™ðŸ’™Fo0fo0 (b)
3rd: ðŸ’—ðŸ’—ðŸ’—ladytigsalot (p)
ðŸŒŸFlynn born april 4th
11th: ðŸ’™ðŸ’™ðŸ’™mumsy2to (b)
20th: ðŸ’š MandyJ19
24th: ðŸ’—ðŸ’—ðŸ’—Ria_22 (p)
28th: ðŸ’—ðŸ’—ðŸ’—Bumpfour (p)
If anyone needs me to remove their names please feel free to personal message me and ill take it down as quick as i can!!!
Praying everying will have a happy and healthy nine months!!!!
I feel that sometimes new mummies aren't given enough information and support in those early weeks and may have unrealistic expectations about what bfing should be like (it's not always easy!).
Some hints and tips from me...
- Try to bf as soon as possible after the birth, a baby's natural instict at breastfeeding peaks at 20-30 minutes after birth (don't panic if you can't due to c-section or another medical emergency, just take the opportunity to bf as soon as you can)
- Feed, feed, feed! The only way to get your milk to come in or to boost your supply is to feed as much as possible. For me this meant feeding every hour overnight and no sleep at all to stimulate my milk coming in. Both times, my milk came in the morning after a full night of full on cluster feeding. Everything within reason if course, you don't want to be too drowsy where you'll fall asleep and drop your baby.
- Cluster feeding is normal. There is a school of thought that newborns should feed no more than every 3 or so hours. WRONG! Some babies have a period every day where they feed every hour for a few hours. This does not mean you don't have a good supply, it just means that for whatever reason bub needs extra milk at that time (growth spurt, having a longer period of sleep that will follow, etc)
- MYTH: if bub has attached correctly then bfing won't hurt. Sometimes bfing can be uncomfortable initially even if bub is attached well, but don't worry it won't be like that forever.
- Be patient and take your time. Don't worry about visitors, focus on getting it right. With my second we really had to work on attachment, in the first couple of days it would take her up to 30 minutes to attach well and begin feeding so I would just hand expess and give her some milk from a syringe to take the edge off her hunger and then persist with getting her to attach correctly for the feed.
- Eat, drink and be merry. Haha. Seriously though, you need to eat well, drink plenty of water and be relaxed as possible in order to produce milk. Don't worry about getting rid of your baby weight, that will happen in time. You will be very hungry, and need to consume enough calories (not by eating junk food of course)
- Try not to give bub a bottle in the first month or so if possible. Some babies refuse the boob after realising how easy it is to bottle feed. Only after bfing is well established should you express milk and feed from a bottle.
- Use the services that are available to you if you need them (Australian Breastfeeding Association, Maternal and Child Health Line, free lactation consultants through your hospital or the local council). There is so much support out there that can be very beneficial particularly in the early days/weeks.
I hope this has been helpful and that other experienced mums will add their own advice.
Feel free to ask any questions :)
For those who applied for a rental / are landlords -
What are some tips when applying ? We applied for one the other week but withdrew the application because the house was supposed to be brand new but when we looked at it there was already cracks appearing around the stairs etc ..
Anyways - Any help would be appretiated as Im due in Jan & we need to move out asap !
1. Did you take your normal pram? I asked them and all they kept saying was as long as your 'stroller' is not overly big they will take it. They didn't elaborate on size and to me a stroller is one of those tiny lightweight prams!
2. What did you do about talking formula and nappies on board? They said I can't have a separate bag for her but I can carry nappies and food on board in addition to my own carry on but it can't go in a bag unless it's mine? what the hell?
Thank you ladies, by the way we are only flying domestically but it's all day travel we leave at 8:30 in the morning and get to our destination at 4:30 in the arvo.