Meet Maya!

Isn’t she adorable?

As new parent in Ballarat, we are lucky to be surrounded by such great newborn baby carers. Maya’s Mum, Taylah, was very pleased with the care provided to her and her new baby at the Ballarat Base Hospital recently.  That is so wonderful to hear, because all new Mums need as much support as they can get with their new baby and the change in the family dynamic.

I asked Taylah some questions about some of her experiences being a new parent. . .

How old is your baby at the time of answering these questions? 5 weeks.

Ballarat Base Hospital My favourite part about the care provided was the amazing support from my midwife through delivery. I never once doubted myself with Mary by my side, her kind words enabled me to have a stress free and great birth experience.

What were the biggest questions you faced when you brought your new baby home? What did you work out were the answers to these questions?

Biggest questions faced when we brought Maya home were:

How did we know she was feeding enough?

Is Maya sleeping too much?

Should we wake her to feed her?

We found the answer to these questions all from Maya herself obviously she is unable to communicate verbally but she does communicate with us through other ways. We realised she is feeding enough by the amount of dirty nappies she has and by the amount of weight she is gaining. We know we don’t have to wake Maya up for a feed because she knows herself when she’s hungry and will wake when she’s ready. Usually feeding 3-4 hours from birth to a couple of weeks old.

What have been your best baby buys so far?

Our best baby buy would have to be our ‘baby love snap and go capsule’ and our urban lite travel system stroller. The capsule makes supermarket trips so much easier as it allows us to get into the supermarket without having to wake Maya up by being able to just carry the capsule or by being able to connect it to the travel system that is not bulky and super easy to fold.

What have been your best new Mum buys or support people you have seen so far?

Best mum buy would have to be the breast pump. The breast pump has been great as your breasts get really full sometimes and the breast pump just helps with a bit of relief.

What positive advice can you offer to first time Mums about the changes that they will face in their lives when their new baby arrives? Becoming a mother is one of the most challenging and joyful experiences. Remember no one can tell you what you can and can’t do with your baby and body, because after all you know them both better than anyone. Enjoy every moment with your little one because time goes so fast. Take lots of photos as they really do hold incredible memories. A key part of becoming a parent is having patience, when settling in with your little one just take each day as it comes. You may have great nights of sleep and you may have sleepless nights. You can feel totally drained, so my biggest advice is if your baby is sleeping even during the day you should sleep too. Get as much sleep as you can while you can as you really do need is as it has a great impact on your moods. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you’re not alone. No your baby fat won’t just disappear overnight it will take time, so don’t be hard on yourself. Just enjoy and love your body for the amazing bundle of joy it has provided you with. Just relax and be you because once your baby is born your motherly instinct is born too.

What positive advice can you offer to first time Mums about the changes that they will face in their lives when their new baby arrives?

Becoming a mother is one of the most challenging and joyful experiences. Remember no one can tell you what you can and can’t do with your baby and body, because after all you know them both better than anyone. Enjoy every moment with your little one because time goes so fast. Take lots of photos as they really do hold incredible memories. A key part of becoming a parent is having patience, when settling in with your little one just take each day as it comes. You may have great nights of sleep and you may have sleepless nights. You can feel totally drained, so my biggest advice is if your baby is sleeping even during the day you should sleep too. Get as much sleep as you can while you can as you really do need is as it has a great impact on your moods. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you’re not alone. No your baby fat won’t just disappear overnight it will take time, so don’t be hard on yourself. Just enjoy and love your body for the amazing bundle of joy it has provided you with. Just relax and be you because once your baby is born your motherly instinct is born too.

I completely agree with you Taylah, breast pumps are so handy for new Mums in so many ways! They can be used to:

  • build milk supply
  • stop the milk gushing out and causing the baby to struggle feeding in the early days (by taking a little out before their feed)
  • allow you to offer the baby some express breast milk in a bottle, so your partner can feed them once in the night
  • to have on handy in the freezer if you ever become unwell and your supply drops a little

I chat to so many new Mums and we all feel not quite ourselves for a few months after birthing our new family member. We all need to remember that our body has been working on growing such an incredible new life, and that with time, we can begin our usual activities. Our body with still remain changed, but we will feel more like ourselves again after being hijacked for nine months – ha ha! I remember seeing on a photography forum that a Mother to be had asked for some glamour photos to be retouched after her maternity photography session (stretch marks, a small scar and some wrinkles). She gave the printed images to her husband as a gift. He went back to the photographer asking for the to be re-edited to be more like his wife. His wife that he loved, just the way she was. The stretch marks he thought were amazing as they reminded him how she had brought their children into the world. The small scar reminded him of a memory and he loved her laughter lines, they were there due to her happy nature.  I always think of that post when I look at images of myself. I am who I am and I am proud of that. I hope you are too. Go Mums!

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