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I will be on holiday for 2 weeks from 15th September to 30th September 2021. From the 30th September I will be back, willing and able to attend lactation consult home visits in the Perth region. I will also be available for virtual consults for country or interstate breastfeeding families having difficulties.

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There is nothing more significant in life that the birth of your first child. It can be very joyful but it is definitely not without its challenges Nothing can really prepare you for how life changes Looking after yourself and your relationships while caring for your new baby can help relieve some uncertainty and prevent

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New babies don’t come with any instructions! It’s natures way of teaching right from the start to trust yourself, your body and your family. The first 6 weeks are pretty tough and gruelling, a bit like running a marathon. We know from research that if you have breastfeeding confidence you will breastfeeding for longer. So

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It is common for woman to have some minor nipple discomfort in the first few days of breastfeeding. Try and prevent this evolving into nipple damage. Ensure you get good attachment with breastfeeding. Seeing a lactation consultant is the number one thing to do to help prevent nipple damage. It is a good idea in

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Plan to do NOTHING but look after your baby in the first 6 weeks, you need rest and nurturing. Take all offers of help from friends, family and neighbours; cooking meals, cleaning house, pick ups and drops offs of other kids, giving you rest time etc. You need to feel supported and cared for. If

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I’m back in Perth, text, email or ring to discuss and arrange a home visit My 6 month contract working at the Royal Darwin Hospital has finished and we are heading home. It has been so wonderful working with all the new mums and bubs in the NICU and Special Care Nursery plus all the

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I’m really enjoying working at Royal Darwin Hospital. The ethnic mix is incredible, I’m learning so much from working with this diverse range of mums and babies. My work includes: Special Care Nursery and NICU Modern medicine is amazing! Working with families of babies born at 25-27 weeks gestation you see how resilient and fragile

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Breastfeeding can be really difficult at first. Getting help in those early days and having continual support in those first weeks can be all that is needed for breastfeeding to become easy for you and your baby. I home visit through out the Perth area. I endeavour to ensure a prompt, professional, comprehensive, evidenced based

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help is just a call away Happy belated Christmas. Catching up with the family at Christmas gatherings is a great time for us to enjoy all our different relationships- our partners, our parents, our children, our siblings, our cousins, our friends. It’s a good time to reflect on life and to look at what direction

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As Christmas creeps closer here are some thoughts to consider around our relationships ♥ Remember all relationships are dynamic and ever changing Tips for keeping ourselves and our loved ones valued, loved and nurtured: ♥Develop a sense of trust: so that all can be seen, understood and accepted ♥Accept that physical closeness is only one

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I will not be renewing my stock of breast pumps for sale, I still have a few in stock and of course will always have one available to use for consults and client loan.   I still have a stock of maymom expressing equipment going cheap $35 Includes: 2 flanges (30 or 27mm) with valves,

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This a very common concerns for new mums.   Some facts and tips about your milk supply: Your baby is fussy and does not settle after feeds, crying more than you expect At about 3 weeks of age many babies have unexplained unsettled periods during some part of the day. Holding them through this time

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We are about to head off on a 3 month trip through Europe to have some fun, ride bikes and catch up with long lost relatives. For any breastfeeding concerns while I’m away please call: Dr Sharon Perrella 0410 056 779 Sharon has a child health, preterm nurse background and is now a scientist, she

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Here is a photo of our family on the cruise our Mum and Dad took us on through Asia. We had such a lovely family holiday with all of us siblings together with our partners. Mum and Dad said they are spending the kids inheritance and we thought what a great way to spend it!!

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I recently did some interviews with the breast pump development company Medela for their revised website. The information on the revised site is really good and is all evidenced based. They have set the information out on a timeline starting with pregnancy through the first 6 months of your breastfeeding journey. You can pick out

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“Predict My Future” this study based in Dunedin New Zealand is a world renown study looking at children, their personality types and how their lives pan out in the future; its fascinating.  The bottom line: warm, sensitive and stimulating parenting is what helps kids develop and go on to have productive, happy, healthy lives. It

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I went for a quick visit to the WA art gallery between catching busses after completing my CPR update the other day. This painting by the very famous Warmun artist Queenie McKenzie was my Christmas pick of the day. Queenie started the clinic in Warmun and was instrumental in collaborating with the St John of

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I attended and spoke at the annual conference for the West Australian College of Lactation Consultants yesterday. I shared with the group photos, stories and what I learnt from the wonderful Kimberley Aboriginal mums and bubs I worked with in the last 12 months. I neglected to tell everyone I’m now back in Perth to

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After having spent the last 12 months working in the Kimberley working as a Child Health Nurse/ Midwife and Lactation Consultant I’m now back in Perth and ready to home visit any new parents. Working with the families from Warmun and Kalumburu was a wonderful experience and they taught me so much. I still have

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