I received a phone call from Lisa when Sophie was 19 days old. Lisa had just been to see the maternal child health nurse 3 days before and found out that Sophie was not gaining weight quite as planned.
Lisa was feeling understandably upset, worried and a bit deflated at the thought that Sophie was not taking enough from the breast.
In this video, lactation consultant Katie talks to new mum Lisa about baby feeding routines. They discuss whether to start your baby in a feeding routine, whether babies develop their own feeding routine in time and what is important in that first month after birth in order to ensure mum’s achieve and maintain a good breast milk supply.
In this video, lactation consultant Katie talks to new mum Lisa about getting out and about for appointments with a breastfeeding baby. They discuss how a new mum can time breastfeeds so that she can do everything still for her daughter.
In this video, lactation consultant Katie talks to new mum Lisa about how to manage breastfeeding and a toddler who needs lots of attention all at once!
In this video, lactation consultant Katie talks to new mum Lisa about frequent sucking and feeding at the breast and why babies need to do this in order to establish breast milk and breastfeeding.
In this video, lactation consultant Katie talks to new mum Lisa about normal newborn sleep patterns and why babies often feed more frequently at night in the early days.
In this video, lactation consultant, Katie, talks with new mum Lisa about engorgement and breast fullness. They discuss how to cope with breastfeeding challenges like flat nipples from engorgement. They also talk about baby Sophie’s feeding on one side only.
Beautiful baby Sophie and Lisa met me at the door with a bouncing excited newly big sister Anna. Lisa told me that the feeding had been going better overnight since she was able to soften the left breast by expressing her milk. At the same time, she was still finding the feeding sore and not sure if Sophie was draining the milk properly.
I heard from Lisa on their first day after leaving hospital. I was thrilled to hear of Sophie’s arrival and that she had started breastfeeding at birth. Lisa then told me about her current feeding difficulties and how Sophie was not feeding off of her left breast as it was just too full.
Success! Our little Sophie was born at 5:41am and has found her way to the breast and has fed on both sides for the last hour. This has made me so happy since, with my first daughter, it never happened. She is now a sleepy little bundle of pure joy!