It is impossible to prepare any new parent for sleep deprivation ~ it is by far the biggest issue I see in my consulting practice. It is possible to problem solve what the problem is by sensible and practice advice,
The most common question / concern I get from new parents is about “wind”. Wind is normal is not going to be life threatening or harmful to your baby. A baby does’t get wind from too much food and you do not need to walk around the house for hours “trying to get wind up”.
The hospital’s care was great, Nat got through a caesarean (Max was 12 days late and just not coming not matter what we tried) and Max was doing ok. Then 4 days later we are sent on our way. We just leave the hospital with him,
Regarding “baby led weaning”. In Australia and USA “weaning” means giving up breast feeding or nursing the baby. In the UK “weaning” means adding food to the milk diet. It’s very important for new mothers to understand that milk is the primary food for a baby under 12 months of age with food or “solids”
Expressing milk in hospital is now a given for most women after they have a baby. I’m here to say you do not need to express or pump after you have a baby. This does not apply if you have a premature or sick baby in the nursery that is unable to suck.
I’ve seen thousands and thousands of nipples! Some nipples are long and the baby can attach easily and feed well. Some are not so big. Some are inverted with the pointy part of the nipple going back into the breast.
Breastfeeding in public hardly needs a comment really and the picture tells the story. How ridiculous that we need to hide behind closed doors to feed our young.
When breast-feeding you will not only be very hungry but so very thirsty. Drink up to 2 liters of water along with other fluids. Get into a habit of putting a bottle of water next to you when you are feeding.
Tongue Tie is a term used to describe the high attachment the frenulum on the undersurface of the tongue. There are a number of Frenums in the oral cavity, but only the lingual and labial frenum cause problems.
Lingual Tongue Tie is a fibrous band of tissue which prevents complete extension of the tongue and is clinically seen as causing a V-shaped deformity of the tip of the tongue.