My Breastfeeding Journey

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Baby Julius

As I prepare for the birth of my third child, I’ve started mentally preparing myself for all the joys and challenges that go with the breastfeeding experience.

My first child was born in the Middle East in Dubai where modesty and respect of the Muslim culture was required. I was unsure how breastfeeding in public would be perceived given this, but I need not to have worried as to my surprise it was greatly supported and you are encouraged to feed your baby to at least 2 years of age.

When my breastfeeding journey began I loved the closeness and calmness of it all. It was such an amazing bonding experience and after an emergency c-section birth I felt like I owed him opportunity and wanted to do sometime ‘natural’.  However, getting started was not so calming or beautiful. It was at times difficult and frustrating for both of us.  I am one of those mother’s that seems to have an abundance of milk!  I might have difficulties giving birth to my children but boy can I feed them once they are out and I fed Julius to 13 months.

 

 

 

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Baby Charlotte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With my second child Charlotte, I again had a good supply but with that can come its issues….

Picture a sprinkler shooting off a hose due to too much pressure – well that’s how my little ones experience feeding for first few weeks!  There was choking and spluttering and ultimately tears.  This often lead to poor attachment, blocked milk ducts and a great deal of emotional stress in those early days.

This is where my Medela breast pump became essential in my breastfeeding journey. Whether it was expressing some of the milk initially to make the ‘let down less strong’ or pumping the remaining milk after a feed to prevent blocked milk ducts.  Having ‘back up’ milk in the freezer was always handy as well.

So my message to new ‘mum to be’s’ is, although there is   a lot said about low milk supply the opposite can actually occur and it just goes to show that everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different and that is completely normal.  My best advice for mums planning on breastfeeding is as follows:

Stay hydrated: This is really important, especially in summer and really helps with supply.

Eat well: Don’t diet!! Producing nutritious milk takes energy and I’ve seen friends cut out the bad fats and good fast out of their diet in an attempt to lose weight and it has impacted on their milk.

Feed on demand: This can be a huge adjustment as a new mum and it involves the realisation that time is no longer yours control.  But it won’t last forever so hang in there.

Rest:  Breast feeding takes a lot of energy to produce, so you need your sleep. I know it is temping to get some household jobs done but rest and your body will thank you for it.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Breastfeeding is hard to get used too in a lot of cases. So if you’re struggling, just ask for help.

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Getting ready for baby #3 Due Sep 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medela provides real solutions for breastfeeding mothers to get over any hurdles in the early days and to support their long term breastfeeding goals. Through its extensive range of breast pump products and other breastfeeding products, Medela is committed to promoting the benefits of breast milk and encouraging long term breastfeeding. For more information visit: www.medela.com.au I www.facebook.com/medela.au

Elise Easdown

Disney On Ice – Treasure Trove

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove

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I recently had the pleasure of taking my 3 and 5 year olds to see Disney On Ice – Treasure Trove when it opened in Perth.  What an amazing show!

Captivating, breathtaking, mesmerizing, enthralling and entertaining.

The skating was brilliant and we watched as many of our best loved Disney characters danced and sung before us. It was hard to pick a favourite moment, however when Simba and Narla skated to “Can you feel the love tonight” I was so engrossed that I couldn’t take my eyes away to see what my kids were thinking! 

As much as I could tell you how great the show was, the real truth will come from my children. Here’s what they had to say :

“I loved it so much, the skaters were so fast and my favourite was at the beginning when the Army men came out with Jessie, Woody and Buzz. I also loved all the animals that came out with Simba and Narla in The Lion King and Timon and Pumba were so funny.”

Campbell aged 5

“We saw Snow White skate on ice. She went to sleep in the glass and the Prince kissed her. We saw Princess Jasmine ride up high with Prince Ali and we saw Rapunzel and Flynn Rider put the lanterns up high in the air.”

Emily aged 3

The annual tour of Disney on Ice is a show not to be missed.

Practical information : The show runs for approx 40 mins followed by a 15 minute intermission and then continues for another 55 minutes. It was cool inside the venue and if you are lucky enough to be sitting close to the front I would take a warm jumper. There is an amazing arrange of Disney merchandise available at the venue as well as drinks and food available to purchase which include souvenirs as well (cups, crowns, hats and bags).

Touring Nationally May 29 – 13 July 

For more information and ticket purchase click here

Racheal Grieves

The Lion King
The Lion King
The Lion King
The Lion King
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy
Toy Story
Toy Story