But when it comes to the things you, as a mother, desperately need handy the moment you return from hospital with your baby, many of us are seriously under-prepared. Luckily midwife, maternal and child health expert, author and BabyLove spokesperson, Midwife Cath (AKA Cath Curtin), is stepping in to help out your baby brain.
1. Don’t forget formula.
Intending to breastfeed your new arrival? Nice one. Keep in mind that breastfeeding isn’t always a breezy process for every mum. Having some bottles and formula on standby will be peace of mind for you in those early days and nights when you’re getting the hang of things.
“Most mothers are super organised and there are lists galore – new mums think breastfeeding is going to be really easy and don’t prepare for formula feeds once they get home,” explains Midwife Cath.
“You can’t believe how much a baby feeds once you are home. Be prepared and stock up!”
2. Grab some breast pads.
Unfortunately your boobs aren’t magical taps that turn on when your baby need to feed and off the second they’re done. The solution? Breast pads. Lots of them.
“The same day a new mum gets home from hospital her milk comes in – not great timing is it? Once your milk comes in it seems like every time you think about your baby (which is 24 hours a day) you leak,” says Midwife Cath.
“To avoid permanent wet patches on your T-shirt, absorbent breast pads are best inside your bra rather than sitting on the kitchen bench. They are soft, absorbent and protective too.”
Monique Bowley and Presenter Rebecca Judd speak with Midwife Cath Curtin about the first six weeks with a newborn baby. They talk arriving home from hospital, breastfeeding, and adapting to life as a mum. Post continues after audio.