Some mothers are concerned about the idea of going home before their “milk is in” or before breast feeding is “fully established”. By the time you are ready for discharge your milk may or may not be “in” or may be in the process of “coming in”. Pindara Maternity Unit staff aim to have you attaching your baby to the breast correctly and independently and to be able to recognise effective sucking by the time you are ready to go home.
Your lactation will take a few weeks to fully establish and will undergo numerous changes during that time in response to baby’s feeding pattern and needs.
For ongoing support when at home there are private Lactation Consultants available, Support Groups and The Australian Breast Feeding association. Contact details are provided on discharge.
The first couple of weeks after you head home can be challenging for a number of reasons. If you’re having difficulty in those first few weeks, you are welcome to attend our Know My Midwife Clinic. The Clinic is part of the Know My Midwife Program which is a combination of antenatal and postnatal care providing midwifery continuity through pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks of motherhood. The Clinic provides support for mothers and babies up to 6 weeks of age with postnatal challenges such as feeding and settling concerns. The Clinic is held Monday to Fridays excluding public holidays and appointments can be booked through the Maternity Ward receptionists at Ph: (07) 5588 9401. Appointments are held in the Maternity Unit.