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