In recent years, expressing during pregnancy has become an increasingly popular topic. Just type in antenatal hand expression into Google and you will see 160,000 results pop up! No wonder so many mums-to-be are talking about it or confused about whether they should be doing it!
21 weeks have passed and Coby is nearly 5 months old (3 months corrected age). Since my last entry, we’ve had a lot on.
14 weeks have past and Coby is now 6 weeks old (corrected age). He’s cracked the 5kg mark and is full of smiles a lot of the time. He’s doing really well and sleeping at night, which is a blessing!
A few months ago, Medela was approached by Michelle. 10 years ago, Michelle gave birth to a very sick baby girl, 9 weeks prematurely, in Fiji. Her baby girl hung on to life for 4 weeks, while Michelle waited in intensive care for her baby to be medevacked back to Australia.
It’s been exactly 4 months today since Coby decided to join us… a little early. I marked the occasion by going to the office for some meetings. This was a part of my employers “keeping in touch” program, for mums on maternity leave.
It’s been 12-weeks since Coby arrived. We are now settled into post summer holidays life with Coby and myself at home, Charlie back at school and Stu at work.
I’m officially a stay at home mum for the next year and plan to enjoy this time. Coby is well over four kilograms and ticking all the regular newborn boxes.
In the first month after birth, your milk supply is switching itself on and learning how to make bigger and bigger quantities of milk each day. This continues until it gets to the point where it can make exactly what your baby needs to keep them growing over the next 6 months.
Usually, this happens by babies feeding at the breast as often as they want; this is usually between 8-12 times per day.
Breastfeeding as a busy mum can be challenging! So, to get some advice, we sat down with Karisha, who has 6 children. We hope that you find this interview helpful!
This month, Medela Australia had the great opportunity to sit down with Dr Sharon Perrella, from the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group in the University of Western Australia. I wanted to ask Sharon about some of the latest science on feeding a preterm baby and also find out some more about the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group which we are lucky enough to have working here in Australia.
I hope you enjoy this interview!