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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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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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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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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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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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There is SOOOOOOO much information available to us all at the tap of a finger, it’s great. However we need to be very discerning when it comes to getting good information, particularly when it comes to breastfeeding. Over more than 20 years of being a lactation consultant I have collected what I think are the

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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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Do you have concerns about your milk supply, pain with breastfeeding, difficulties attaching your baby, your baby is not going weight well or any other issue, call me if you want assistance. Last week I attended a 2 day workshop related to baby’s brain development. Babies are so amazing, their little brains are so vulnerable

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If you dread breastfeeding you need help ASAP Don’t suffer alone you can work through this. There are many reasons for dreading breastfeeding such as : pain, fatigue, feeling overwhelmed, baby not happy to breastfeed, struggling to make a good milk supply to mention just a few. With a thorough assessment and management plan all

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We are more than half way through our European holiday, it’s been fantastic. See details for LC s Bernie O’Regan and Dr Sharon Perrella and GP Dr Marnie Rowan. At the moment we are staying in a lovely home in Sheffield while they stay in our house. We are using Homelink a great home sharing organisation.

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