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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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https://ebooks.medela.com/the-amazing-science-of-mothers-milk-en?_ga=2.36742624.1587282349.1523329194-1400930649.1523329194#!/cover This little 25 page book is a fantastic book for new parents. It gives you very good scientific information to help you avoid the inevitable conflicting advice many new families struggle with. It explains how your milk is made and the composition of your milk. It gives a really good timeline of before, immediately

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Breastfeeding Heroes Series: It is such a privilege to work with new families as a lactation consultant in Perth. With permission from families and without using real names I would like to share with you some breastfeeding hero stories from last year during the COVID lock down period. Jane had little Ida at 42 weeks

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The restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of corona virus have really made it tough for many new families. If you know someone needing more support, I’m here to provide it. A new baby brings a family together. Family support brings so much comfort and confidence. Initially it’s pretty scary having your first

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As health professionals we use weighing babies only as a quick guide (a screening tool) to confirm growth Lets see some facts about weighing babies The average birthweight of a term baby (37-40 weeks) is between 2,500-4,000g. Birth weight is a marker of intrauterine environment. These markers include length of pregnacy size of parents birth

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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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One of the most common concerns I hear from new families is that everyone is telling them something different. As if it isn’t hard enough as it is having a new baby without this barrage of conflicting information from midwives in hospital, to GPs, child health nurse, paediatricians, friends and family and of course the

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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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Unprecedented times!! We are all in this together and it will pass. Taking care of yourself and minimising contact with others will see us through. Please contact me if you have having difficulties. I am well set up for zoom face time consultations. If we can not get your problem resolving with a virtual session

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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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Telephone and videocall consultations I love to travel, take on different jobs and move all around the world. However I also love my work as a private Lactation Consultant, so give me a call or email if you want a telephone or virtual service. Want breastfeeding assistance from anywhere in the world? If you want

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To prevent soreness and nipple damage your baby needs to come to the breast in the most natural instinctive way. To do this he/she has to have a well supported body, you will know this is right when you see her/him searching for the breast with a big open mouth. your baby will then naturally

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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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These terms were originally used in research Researchers collect a small (~1mL) sample of breastmilk before and after breastfeed/express. The samples are then spun in a centrifuge and the fat content of the sample is measured. The samples and volume of the feed are then used to work out the storage capacity of the woman’s

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In the first couple of days of breastfeeding it is normal to get some nipple tenderness. Just like when you wear new shoes, they usually need some breaking in. If breastfeeding is painful it could be that your attachment is not as good as it could be. Try some different positions shown on these videos.

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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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At present I am a lactation consultant at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Ill be back in November with a whole heap of new experience! For lactation consultant home visits while I’m away contact Dr Sharon Perrella PhD 0410 056 779 Bernie O’Regan 0490 912 661 or to see a GP lactation consultant Dr Marnie Rowan-

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Royal Darwin Hospital for 6 months I arrived in Darwin last week, I’m here working as a lactation consultant at the Royal Darwin Hospital for the next 6 months. Wow my first week was a taste of what will be a very interesting and educational 6 months for me. There will be lots of work

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I leave for a 3 week holiday to Iran this Friday. I’m madly running around trying to get organised. I will not have access to messenger or facebook while there- I think. If you would like to contact me please email cathygarbin@cathygarbin.com We are a tour group of 8 women who are mostly old friends,

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