Good to Know, My Journey, Practical Parenting

The Gift of Liquid Gold

I will always remember a patient’s mother at work asking me if and how she could obtain donor breastmilk for her sick daughter. I knew there was a breastmilk bank at one of the maternity hospitals in Melbourne, but they only accepted milk from their current or previous patients and provided the donated breastmilk to the babies within the hospital. It was an exclusive breastmilk bank and we probably would not have had much luck in getting some for this mother’s baby. Not to mention all of the policies and procedures that you would have to navigate when it comes to utilising another mother’s breastmilk in the healthcare setting!

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My Journey, Practical Parenting

The Beauty and Battles of Breastfeeding

For some women they have no exposure to breastfeeding until they have their own baby; for me I recall my mum breastfeeding my younger brother and saw plenty of breastfeeding mothers in my work prior to having a baby. During my university education I learnt a lot about breastfeeding – not just the nutritional, physical and emotional benefits for mum and bub, but also the intricacies of how it all works and I have since be so fascinated by it.

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