Hey Mama! I just wanted to tell you that I love the milk that you make me!
Even though it’s the only food I’ve tried, it’s my favourite! It fills me up just the right amount and I don’t know why, but, I always feel like drifting off to sleep afterwards.
Little toothy pegs! How cute! Many people think that when a baby gets teeth it is time to stop breastfeeding. This just isn’t true. Babies have continued to feed with teeth for thousands of years.
In fact, the World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding (i.e. no other fluids or solids) for six months and then continued breastfeeding combined with solid foods for 2 years or as long as mother and baby desire.
Most newborn babies will wake regularly and frequently to breastfeed. However, there may be times when your newborn baby needs to be awakened to breastfeed. For example, there may be medically indicated reasons why a baby may need to be woken to feed such as Jaundice, congenital heart disease, illness or your baby may not be gaining adequate weight.
Intimacy can be a different experience for every mum and her partner after giving birth. Perhaps you can’t wait to be intimate again with your partner. Maybe the thought of sex makes you anxious. Or, maybe it’s the last thing on your mind! Regardless of how you feel, your body is still undergoing changes and all of these feelings are normal.
The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time for everyone… and it’s likely that the list of visitors wanting to meet your new little miracle will be long.
You also want to show off your baby. But, how do you navigate the influx of well-wishers while you and your baby are getting to know each other and learning to breastfeed?
Hi, I’m Leah, a mum to two little babes, Eva (3) and a brand-new little bub August (4 weeks!)
We live in the inner west of Sydney. My pregnancies with Eva and August were so different. With Eva, I was pretty well most of the time (once I got through the first trimester). But, with August I was sick for the first 4-5 months! I also got to nearly 42 weeks with both babies.
Time sure flies when you’re a mother to a newborn. I can’t believe my baby is already two months old. It’s surreal to watch him grow every day and begin new movements such as cooing, babbling and simply moving his arms and legs. I’ve started to log Jordan’s actions and behaviours in a diary, which is great for following the growing stages of life.
Having a baby changes your body in ways that you didn’t think possible. Your tummy grows to accommodate your baby; your boobs start to feel like Dolly Parton and heck, even your pelvic joints and ligaments soften.
You haven’t had a drink of alcohol for nine months. You may have found abstaining from drinking while you are pregnant a walk in the park or you may have been counting down the days until you could pop the cork of the champagne bottle or unwind after a long day of feeding with a hard-earned glass of wine.
Firstly, let me share a little about my breastfeeding journey the first time around with Christie. As a first-time mum, I struggled the first two weeks with breastfeeding and latching done correctly so that it would be comfortable for both of us.