Listen to Dianne Zalitis, midwife and Clinical Lead at Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, talk to Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt about what to expect when you bring your baby home.
- Accept help from family and friends.
- Try to prepare before your baby arrives - have the nursery ready, prepare some meals in advance.
- It's OK if you have questions - there are a number of organisations available to speak to.
- Breastfeeding won't be success overnight - both you are and you baby are learning as you go.
- New mums are going to be sore. Your body needs to recover from having a baby, so take it easy and accept help.
- You and your baby will have your first check-up at 6 weeks.
- Don't forget the paperwork. You need to register your baby's birth with Centrelink so you can get Medicare and register their name.
Where can I read more?
- Your baby in the first few days
- Mum’s first few days after giving birth
- A day in the life of a newborn
- What is the fourth trimester?
Who can I call for support?
- Australian Breastfeeding Association on 1800 686 268
- Call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 to speak to a maternal child health nurse
Feed Play Love
Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt in an Australian parenting podcast that brings together expert advice and real-life stories from parents. Feed Play Love presents short, helpful segments focusing on supporting parents and providing useful information and advice.
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Last reviewed: January 2020