On the 30th of January, earlier this year, the journey of my third child, our Lottie’s birth story began.
In short, she was in the breech position. I had been to 3 hospitals in 24 hrs. I had gone from one hospital to another by ambulance, sirens blazing. I had been told that I had a blood clot on my lungs and endured 20hrs of breech vaginal labour turned emergency c-section under a general anaesthetic.
Just like every mother and baby is different, every breastfeeding journey is different – and each journey begins and ends under unique circumstances. No matter what factors have gone into your decision to wean, know that it can be a very emotional time. You may feel relieved, sentimental, sad, or a combination of all these emotions.
Medela has partnered with Roz Kelly, Australian sports presenter and second time Mama, for advice on returning to work whilst breastfeeding and what she has learned from the challenges she faced in the early days of breastfeeding.
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?
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.
The information in this article is not intended to replace medical expertise. If you are concerned for yourself, or a loved one, please call lifeline, dial 000 or consult with your medical practitioner.
You may have heard about postnatal depression (PND) and the baby blues, but, did you know that perinatal anxiety and post-natal anxiety (PNA) is also very common? Up to half of people with antenatal anxiety also have antenatal depression.
Sleep deprivation! Ask any new parent and they will probably tell you about the lack of sleep that they are getting. At this point in your life, you are so tired that you can hardly string a sentence together. You probably even understand why sleep deprivation is a form of torture!
So, what is normal when it comes to infant sleep? In order to answer the question of what is “normal,” we need to start by looking at what your baby can and can’t do from a developmental perspective.