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Who do you turn to for Parenting advice?

Who do you turn to for Parenting advice?

Who do you turn to for Parenting advice is in collaboration with Medela.

I’m often asked if I found it difficult to start a family in a different country to where my Mum lived. Who would I turn to for parenting advice? Who would help me out with the new baby?

And the answer is always yes, I did find it difficult at times. It would have been so much easier to have my Mum on hand to help out but she was always at the other end of the phone and throughout my first pregnancy and the first few months of my baby’s life, she was always the one I turned to.

I moved to Australia in 2007 to start a new life with an Australian man I’d met 2 months earlier. That’s another story though! We had set up a lovely home in Sydney and we were so excited that our baby was on the way but it did worry me sometimes that as much as we had a lovely and large circle of friends, not many were parents.

My first baby was born in 2013 and all of a sudden, we went from being a couple to a family of 3. I was a mum! Which was so wonderful and something I’d always wanted to be.

Everything was brand new to me though. I hadn’t a younger sibling, I’d never babysat for anyone. I’d only ever changed one nappy before and the mum had to redo that pretty quickly!

I had SO many questions. About breastfeeding, sleep routines, how to soothe crying, when my body would go back to normal. Google was my best friend! In fact I think during most breastfeeding sessions I was consulting Google at the same time for parenting advice, tips and tricks.

Having my Mum locally would have definitely helped in many ways and Google answered some questions, but the best thing I found was joining my local Mums and Babies group. It was the lifeline I was looking for.

At the group were 8 other mums who had all given birth at around the same time as me. Some had exactly the same questions and concerns as me, some even had more, some less. I found so much solace and support in that group and we’re all good friends 3 years on. I have no doubt that we’ll be good friends for life.

Not all new parents are lucky enough to have a local group to join though and, from speaking to friends, I know that some just didn’t gel with their groups and stopped going.

I was lucky enough to meet with the Medela team recently and we chatted about the ways that they are looking to support new mums.

Medela is not only a leading global producer of technologically advanced breast pumps and vacuum technology, they also conduct a lot of research and provide education to the community and breastfeeding mums. Medela have been reaching out to the community through various exciting innovative programs assisting breastfeeding mums. Medela are excited to extend their support of mums through their new mobile app MyMedela which is designed to support mums through pregnancy and breastfeeding. I would have loved this app when I first became a parent!

Medela recently surveyed 4000 Australian mothers, to get a feel for where mums turn to for parenting information and support. You can see their findings here:

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This interview clip also shows just how much motherhood is different for everybody:

Who did you turn to for parenting advice?

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  1. Amanda S
    / 11:37 pm

    My husband. He’s the only one who knows our kids like I do and it’s a team effort.

  2. Jodi
    / 8:32 pm

    I seek advice from more laid back friends who will answer honestly without judgement and won’t force their ideals down my throat.

  3. ange
    / 5:04 pm

    My mum first because she raised me well and she has great advice, and funny

  4. cheryl m
    / 12:37 pm

    depends on situation but somes common sense, occasional friend or doctor

  5. Becky Downey
    / 11:15 am

    Internet mostly, then parents, other mums, and medical professionals!

  6. Linda Kuang
    / 11:10 am

    My mum! She has had a lot of experience, after having three kids and 5 grand children!

  7. Eva Kiraly
    / 7:53 pm

    My Mum came over when she was 17 but there weren’t any phones then, calling home wasn’t something she could do, she’s written home all these years and returned once, it must have been hard raising a family of 5 so she’s who I trust when needing advice!

  8. Indika Wijayasekera
    / 4:50 pm

    I turn to moms who write blogs like you because they know the best about today’s children.

  9. Renee Ballantyne
    / 12:30 pm

    The internet as I don’t really have anyone I feel comfortable asking

  10. Amy Ginis
    / 9:51 pm

    My mum. She had me at 17, and my sister at 39, so she has a wide wealth of knowledge!

  11. Sheree Thorpe
    / 7:47 pm

    Can’t go past mum!! Always there when things don’t seem right….
    Never questioning…. but, always happy to give advice… :D

  12. Belinda Moxey
    / 3:12 pm

    My mum because she’s had 5 children so she’s seen most things before. I love the older advice as well where people weren’t afraid to do everything all the time

  13. Elisabeth Martins
    / 11:27 pm

    My mother, I can depend,
    If I get in trouble, she’ll defend.
    She’s the one that’ll always understand,
    Always willing to give me a hand

  14. mikaela C
    / 10:46 am

    My mum, as she has raised 5 kids, so is very qualified to give advice!

  15. Sharon Markwell
    / 10:43 am

    The same as the majority of others, I always turn to Mum for advice about every single little thing. She’s a wealth of knowledge.

  16. Rebecca H
    / 11:08 pm

    My Mum is the person I turn to every time. Mum has always been the soft landing when I think am about to fall hard. Her advice is impeccable.

  17. Shannon Wotton
    / 7:58 pm

    I turn to my friends who are also mums. We talk through our issues and work things out together – we are all having the same parenting struggles and are able to help and support each other through them.

  18. Jessica Ashbrooke
    / 4:02 pm

    Definatley my mum it’s whom I most comfortable talking with

  19. Kirsten W
    / 12:58 pm

    My Mum. After all – she didn’t do a bad job with me!

  20. nicole larsen
    / 10:37 am

    I always turn to my Mum as she has all the answers

  21. Ashley Beech
    / 9:35 am

    My gran, she has always been more of a mother figure
    especially after my mother died earlier this year.


  22. Linda Courtney
    / 11:43 pm

    My mum. She did a pretty good job with me.

  23. Phillip Cunningham
    / 10:44 am

    Mum as after all she’s been there and done that having had 4 children.

  24. adrienne harries
    / 6:57 am

    The health nurse was great and concise
    My mum and SIL added advice
    instinct was part too
    Babies so different with what you do

  25. jody buhagiar
    / 8:09 pm

    I was brought up in a loving home with boundaries and attention. I always turn to my mum for parenting help, she says it how it is :D

  26. Cheryl Moulton
    / 5:36 pm

    I am the one that my daughter and daughter in law turn to now, when they need a little help, of course they do like to be independent, but it seems that Mother still knows best.

  27. Stacey Mackey
    / 3:56 pm

    My girlfriends with children of a similar age or slightly older. I find it helpful to discuss with people who are going through or recently gone through similar developmental stages.

  28. kate
    / 10:48 am

    my mum – she has learnt from her mistakes (!) and has this parenting thing down pat!

  29. Karina L
    / 3:14 pm

    U turn to my friends and Dr Google!

  30. Ern
    / 12:19 pm

    Parents or the in-laws, they’ve been there, so know what they’re talking about. Definitely our most trusted source.

  31. Tracy Wedding
    / 8:47 pm

    other mums that are or have gone through the same with their children

  32. sarah
    / 8:00 pm

    My partner. He’s a little bit older than me and he’s already had two kids. He’s fantastic with little ones and is calm and collected. He’s always been great at quelling my fears and motherhood worries are no different.

  33. RachelSwirl
    / 9:01 am

    The internet became my best friend when I fell pregnant with our first child. I would spend time watching youtube videos on cloth nappies and asked one of my friends who was a lollipop nappies member of staff to help me out with ordering some. I read up on breast feeding, I scoured the internet reviews for baby carriers and prams etc and to be honest the people I spoke to for advice were mainly online.

  34. Jade Flynn-O'Brien
    / 3:53 am

    I turn to my mum and my amazing friends that are mums and I happily return the favour often

  35. Paula Harris
    / 2:00 pm

    I turn to my Mum for help and she is always there for me and I for her xx

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