NBB Question from anon: I was wondering if any other mum's have had the same happen and what the outcome was? Two weeks ago I took a pregnancy test and it came back faintly positive. In the next week I did at least 6 more all with a faint positive and different brands but I couldnâ€™t get a digital one to say positive. I left it a week then took another one today and itâ€™s negative but it wasnâ€™t my first morning pee and a differing brand again. Has anyone had so many very faint positives and it turned out you werenâ€™t pregnant? Why two weeks later would it be negative? ... See moreSee less
Olivia WoolleySounds like a chemical pregnancy. Unfortunately they are really common, enough hormone to produce a positive test but as the pregnancy gets absorbed into the body the hormones leave your body and the test becomes negative. Get a blood test to confirm but good luck for the future ðŸ˜Š17 hours ago · 1
Madeleine HockeyI had what they call a blighted ovum (very early miscarriage). It is before the cells even do their thing to create a baby but your HCG levels can rise enough to show up lightly on a HPT. I had very similar to you, very faint positives over numerous days but my bloods at the doctors weren't high enough for it to be classed as a viable pregnancy. Sure enough a few days later I started bleeding like a period but maybe slightly heavier.
The best thing to do is go and get bloods done at the doctors.17 hours ago
Karina HeinrichCould be a chemical pregnancy. The lines should be getting darker, which means the HCG levels are going up. If it's not, then yeh a chemical preg or blighted ovum.17 hours ago · 1
Jess MillerThose home pregnancy tests can be really inaccurate, and unreliable especially if your HCG levels are low. Best to see your GP and get a blood test to know for sure. Good luck17 hours ago
Rebecca Louise-AnnIâ€™d go to the drs An have a blood test done, I had one faint positive An then the next day when I did another test it was way darker An clear it was positive17 hours ago · 1
Kylie ReidUnfortunately if they arenâ€™t getting any darker and are now negative it would suggest a chemical pregnancy. I would go to your GP and get blood drawn to confirm your HCG levels16 hours ago · 1
Amber QuinnChemical pregnancies are unfortunately common.17 hours ago · 1
Adelle Akroyd MillsIt can be that you lost the pregnancy very early but your body still had enough hormones to create the faint positives is what happened to me a few years ago you need to go to the dr just to be safeðŸ˜‰17 hours ago
Whitney ClayI had the same but the progressively became darker over the days17 hours ago
NBB Question from Kassie: Hi ladies, I have my baby shower coming up and I'm doing a baby registry. What are some essential items you think I should put on my registry? I honestly can't think of what to put on it. I don't want to miss anything important. Thanks in advance. ... See moreSee less
Stephanie KateSinglet rompers! Normal singlets on new borns ride up, you can get cheap dimples branded singlet rompers Cheap at big w & the singlet with studs at the crouch help keep the nappy in place too18 hours ago · 9
Jack DaltonWipes wipes and more wipes, everyone should just walk through the door with a packet of wipes in their hand as compulsory!18 hours ago · 6
Alana WernerThe things i found most important were.
Night light for night feeds
Sun shade for car
And 1 million bibs ðŸ˜‚18 hours ago · 2
Natasha NixonLove to dream swaddles, microwave steriliser, thermometer, facewashers (we use so many of these!), nappies in different sizes/brands, bouncer/swing, reusable breast pads, feeding pillow, feeding accessories (bowls/spoons) times flys and before you know it you'll need these, bibs, baby book, baby towels and baby bath, play mat or play gym, books.18 hours ago · 1
Tanya AtkinsLook at when the baby is due. What temperature it will be. Ask for larger sizes other than 0000 as it doesnâ€™t last long. Or ask for dinner vouchers-an iou dinner meal when the baby comes.18 hours ago · 2
Ashley HallBaby nasal spray and aspirator. I didnt have one and had to take my little one to the ER, as we dont have an after hours doctor/chemist or dr to your door, and he was struggling to breath.13 hours ago
Stephanie KateIf ur going to ever use formula get a stove stop kettle to purify your water because to purify water you have to let it boil for at least 5minutes & electric kettles don't last, save your electric kettle for your cuppa!18 hours ago
Poppy BarrosNappies and wipes I didn't buy any for the first six months of my sons life :) . I did the same for first birthday. Wishing well or nappies. Now we are set for another 6 months at least17 hours ago
Laura GossIâ€™ve found a nappy caddy handy, U/feeding pillow, bouncer, play mat, monitor. I also asked for a book instaeadnofbancard18 hours ago
Stephanie KatePack of cloth nappies to use as spew rags18 hours ago · 5
Kristie CleaverQV wash and QV cream. Not Johnson Johnson to harsh on their skin18 hours ago · 3
Olivia LyonsNappies! We didnâ€™t have to buy nappies until we went up a size, it was amazing!!14 hours ago
Samantha CrisafiI agree with the swaddles! Make sure you get different sizes too18 hours ago · 2
Kaitlin TrebleyCaitlin Hoey not sure if you follow this page but it is quiet helpful17 hours ago
NBB Question from Louise: My baby has developed a moderate flat spot on his head, which potentially has been caused by tightness in his neck. We are seeing a chiro, but can plagiocephaly cause issues with brain development or is it purely cosmetic? I've been advised that it is only cosmetic but also that it can cause development issues. I'm very worried. What are others experiences with this? ... See moreSee less
Jessica LakinRotate the head at night start his head on one side
When feeding time place head other side
Through the day try as much tummy time. Keeping the neck and head up
Soft tissue messaging to his neck wouldnâ€™t hurt him19 hours ago · 2
Jess LoweThere is some research that links flat spots to issues in brain development. My daughter had tight neck muscles (torticolis) and I would highly recommend you see a paediatric physio as the muscles need to be stretched in specific ways to release the tension. Not getting it fixed properly can have longer lasting issues for development of skills like reaching, crawling, walking and even vision.13 hours ago
Tamara GuyIâ€™ve been a bit worried about this as well as my bub is 3 months old this week and has a very obvious flat head from constantly sleeping facing the left. (Took him to Chiro apparently his shoulder was out due to being pulled on his arm by forceps during emergency c-section). He hates tummy time though ðŸ˜” Iâ€™ve just been trying to lay him on his side during the day when I can. Hopefully will help....17 hours ago
Katherine Mullett-HarrapMy son has a very obvious flat head. He's now 18 months old. Once his hair grew you don't even notice it. We went to an Osteo and Pedestrian. It's purely cosmetic and hasn't effected him in anyway. The Osteo really helped with his stiff neck issues. At first I was so stressed about it. Him being my first baby, but now I see that it really isn't an issue, it just looked bad.19 hours ago
Kristin MaslenIf itâ€™s caused by tightness in his neck, also try a physio for stretches, activities etc. we saw one at Community Health who specialises in bubs. The flat spot is just cosmetic, but we were told having a tight side of the neck can influence physical development later on (and is pretty uncomfortable!).
Our Paed was also really clear that the skull will fix its shape up by around 3.17 hours ago
Mards JadeMy daughter was born with the back of her head flat due to how she was positioned inside of me. she also suffered with left Torticollis. But by about 4 months old her head had started to round out. She's now 6 months and you'd never know she ever had a flat head.19 hours ago
Paul N Brooke HoltMy baby developed a slight flat head on the left side due to having torticollis on the same side of his neck. I was told to lay him flat and slowly and gently turn his head to the right to stretch out the contracted muscles. I did it about three times a day and it came good in a weeks or so. I could actually feel the contracted muscle once it was pointed out to me. I also turned him around in his cot and got him a pillow. His heads perfect now.17 hours ago
Cj SquiersMy baby girl has a flat head i put her on a playmat with a mirror next to it and get her to look to the side ive been told it will mend but not to leave it20 hours ago
Alexandra MarshallIs it on the back of the head? Usually thats because of them sleeping on their back and it rounds back out as they get older. It's nothing to stress about. (Mother of 3)19 hours ago
Jasmine DiasI get it. It was hard for me too and you don't really think it will affect your baby, only your lungs. Now that I've had my 'healthy' baby (thank goodness!) I realised what i was doing to my baby after the nurse asked my partner in private whether or not i was a smoker. This was right after he was born. She asked because she noticed once the placenta came out that it was gritty. And my poor innocent little baby was connected to it. That was a massive slap in the face and a huge wake up call! My first thought was how could i have done that to this innocent little baby. I was crushed! Now that i know that the warnings are not there for nothing there is no way id do it again in my next pregnancy. If you can stop by distracting yourself then please do so! In no way am i judging you because i understand how you feel but if you can find the will power to stop, just by knowing what happens to the placenta then do it! Best of luck and hoping for a safe delivery xxx22 hours ago · 115
Lyn LagonaNot judging but think of your baby absorbing all those chemicals might make you think twice, we can choose to smoke they have no choice22 hours ago · 40
Roselena DawsonQuoting my obgyn.
â€œBy the time you find out your pregnant baby is already addicted to the nicotine, quitting gives baby withdrawals and puts undue stress on the baby, cut back slowly until you quitâ€
Those were the words my doctor told me.20 hours ago · 23
Trishyy KornerBest thing is to just try cut down.
Quitting cold turkey can cause stress on you and baby.
Drink plenty of water. Try going for a walk, sucking on a lolly, chewies or mints.22 hours ago · 23
Tarryn PittsMy mum saw a hypnotist. She was a pack a day smoker and half heartedly wanted to quit... she threw her cigarettes out after the first session and has never looked back. This was about 20 years ago now!22 hours ago · 13
Emma SosteSmoking is a major cause for prem labour also every time you inhale your baby gets no O2 for 3 secs as the placenta tries to block toxins your placenta is also bigger and thinner with less ability to anchor to the uterus as it tries to seek out healthy tissue your baby should be reason enough ðŸ™„ smoking in pregnancy is selfish and revolting ðŸ˜¡18 hours ago · 6
Dan PerfectHave you thought of vaping? Itâ€™s not 100% healthy, but reputable research has been done showing it is 95% safer than smoking. I used to smoke a pack a day, and now havenâ€™t had a cigarette in about 6 months. Itâ€™s heaps cheaper too!19 hours ago · 9
Edrei Stewart BoonMy mother smoked whilst pregnant with me (please note I love my mum very much and we are constantly in touch), and not only was I very small and skinny, I have had asthma and breathing issues my entire life, which has been linked to smoking during pregnancy. Please quit for your childâ€™s sake.18 hours ago · 6
Kate CochraneNot a smoker...but when at uni studying a health degree I was taught that a single cigarette starves the body of oxygen and can actually stop oxygen reaching the toes for several minutes. I remember thinking how much worse that would be if a woman was pregnant (starving the bub of oxygen). Hope you have success with quitting. Maybe speak to your GP about all the different options that are available? Good luck xx21 hours ago · 8
Selma HodzicMy motivation was a thought of a healthy baby, which is exactly what we got.
Every time that i would go to light up, I thought of our unborn son and didn't feel like have one after that. I also had ultrasound photos on my phone and would look at that as a reminder why I should not have a smoke.
Please don't get me wrong, I would have to admit that I still had a cigarette once a week or once a forthnight. But I used to smoke 10 a day.22 hours ago · 7
Samantha WeermanI quit before I fell pregnant but my midwife said if I craved one to half half one and then smoke other half later when needed.
If you go cold turkey it can do more harm to baby. Speak to midwife and dr only.22 hours ago · 6
Lindsey NewmanI was a full time smoker...smoking 25 a day for 15 years.... I knew it was going to be hard to quit but after my first scan which was the dating scan my partner told me well thatâ€™s it no more smoking...we didnâ€™t plan to have a baby neither she was a little surprise to us both so I thought Iâ€™d find it harder as I hadnâ€™t mentally prepared myself but I just stopped buying them, sounds pretty stupid hey but it worked, all I would think about is my little bean growing inside me and I want to do whatâ€™s best for her. My partner carried on smoking for another 10 weeks and then he quit which has made this journey a lot easier. Iâ€™m sure you can do it...just think of how much smoking effects you and your lungs...imagine what itâ€™s doing to your little miracle xx19 hours ago · 4
Daniella HawkinsWow so many judgments and so little practical advice. Negative comments like these fuel guilt which I am sure this mother to be already has. Motherâ€™s these days have enough guilt to deal with.. Breast or bottle, cot or co-sleeping, disposable nappies or cloth nappies, drug free labour or assisted labour. Why donâ€™t we as woman just support each other?!? And by the way I was told by my doctor to cut down and quit when I was ready. No judgement from a medical professional so maybe the unqualified should keep their comments to themselves.18 hours ago · 5
Sarah Elice GraceI quit with every pregnancy, I myself just thought if I'm too selfish to not quit smoking while I'm growing an entire beautiful life then I was too selfish to have that gift given to me. Might sound harsh but that's the way it is in my opinion. Everyone has their own amount of will power I get that but it's not just your own life it's your growing developing baby as well.20 hours ago · 3
Kate DraperI got so sick at about 5 weeks and even the thought of smoking made me sick and after that didnt pick up another one during my pregnancy. Id say try and cut down. But maybe just will power and knowing its for a really good reason may help. I compensated with food i think. Therefore gained heaps of weight but was well worth it. Have a healthy 1 year old22 hours ago · 4
Jillian MorrisseyI had surgery 2 years ago... not knowing i was pregnant. Then i miscarried. I believe this is due to all the drugs pumped into my body. And the shock of major surgery.
It still breaks my heart.
You would be so broken if something happened to your baby which could have been prevented.
Speak to your dr. And get the help you need to quit. ðŸ˜˜17 hours ago · 2
Teaniwa HeitiaFor every pregnancy my mother smoked through out them all and me and my brother and sister a fine and healthy me being 21yrs and pregnant i also smoked through out my current pregnancy but have stopped just from my own personal choices of wanting to. its all your choice normally you can just slow down or stop cold turkey but others carry on its all about choice, you will get to a point in your pregnancy where you may want to stop all by yourself, no judgement at all :)18 hours ago · 4
Melissa N Jaxi quit as soon as i found out.. and it was always so hard for me to quit before that..
my babys health was too important to me.. that is what stopped me from smoking and never went back to it22 hours ago · 5
Lilith FlemingSlowly cut down. I never quit cold turkey in either of my pregnancies because withdrawals are much more dangerous than the effect of small amounts of tobacco.
I quit 31 weeks with my son and 21 weeks with my daughter.
Both very healthy babies born 9lb5oz and 6lb8oz.19 hours ago
Katie RoseI cut down to half of one a day at that point in the day that I found withdrawals the absolute hardest. Eventually I just forgot to smoke it and haven't touched them since. Each day gets easier. It took a while and it was hard. I hadn't planned on getting pregnant and I was young and didn't necessarily want to quit smoking but I am glad Now that I did.13 hours ago
Rhylee HoganAs soon as I found out I was pregnant I quit! I never had the willpower before hand but as soon as I peed on that stick and a positive showed a switch flicked and I stoped then and there I found out I was 2 weeks pregnant luckily not any further along! Now a year down the track and I couldnâ€™t imagine having another smoke!
You need to replace having a smoke with something else itâ€™s the physical side of it thatâ€™s addictive constantly putting something to your mouth try other strategies around this!! GOODLUCK!!!19 hours ago · 3
Chantel SkyeI smoked for 4 straight years before I fell pregnant, pack or two a day kind of smoker aswell and the second I found out I was pregnant I quit instantly!
You do what you have to do for your baby. So just stop smoking. Itâ€™s that easy17 hours ago · 2
Storm HardyI had none for the first 4 months after i found out i was pregnant, and i turned into a freaking nut case, i was so stressed and i hated being pregnant, my partner made a real effort not to smoke infront of me but i would always smell it and would loose it at him. So i gave in and would have one every morning with one coffee (i cut that before hand and struggled bad) and that would get me through the day and i started enjoying life again, stopped fighting with my partner and also stopped being constipated.
I still felt guilty for it but i was no longer stressed.
Best of luck with it ðŸ‘20 hours ago · 2
Lisa AbagiMaybe every time you think about having a cigarette think about the beautiful new life your growing inside of you instead? Try chewing gum instead of having a cigarette or sucking on a lollie. The sooner you get on top of it now the easier it will be later and the less impact it will have on your baby. Good luck xx22 hours ago · 4
Kate ElstonI quit cold turkey 2 weeks before I found out I was pregnant, for some reason my body just said you need to quit, however, it was hard and I still crave, but, just keep thinking of the health of my little girl ðŸ˜Š22 hours ago · 2
Rebecca Joy RyanI spent 3 years trying for my son. I gave up smoking via hypnotism 2 weeks prior to finding out I was pregnant. I was so sick for 6 months the thought and smell of a cigarette made me ill. Good luck, I've been cigarette free for nearly 13 years now13 hours ago
Tammy ClarkMy morning sickness managed to get me to quit. Unfortunately I had a very tragic event after my son was born and took it up again, but my husband and I gave up together five months ago - we decided we werent going to buy any more cigarettes, we got the quitbuddy app, my husband got a vape pen (eliquids sold in australia contain no nicotine), so maybe you could try a vape pen and quit that way using the quitbuddy app. Good luck. You will miss having a smoke but you can do this. You have a precious little bubby on the way and another way is to envision blowing the smoke directly in the babies face. Its not something you would ever do but it will make you think about what bub is getting every time you have one.20 hours ago · 1
Jessica BrightIt is sooooo hard to quit. I really get it! Be proud of yourself for trying. I used the cut down and quit method, it worked really well for me. I did feel guilty still smoking but I completely stopped the second I found out I was pregnant and by the time I saw the doctor the next day my BP was up and I was really struggling emotionally so my doctor told me to start again but smoke lower mg and limit how many a day I'd have until I was down to zero. It won't work for everyone but it was good for me. Good luck and don't feel guilty, you'll get there sometimes it just takes time.19 hours ago · 1
Anita ColePlease do not allow people to affect you negatively here, we have all made mistakes in life and needed help. Cut down as much as you can and unfortunately you will need to put yourself through a little bit of discomfort whilst doing it but please allow your baby time to recover also as he/she would already be affected and will most definitely put stress on bub also. Set yourself goals and stick to it. Keep yourself busy and drink lots of fluid.16 hours ago · 1
Danielle PrettoI think really looking into and understanding the health risks of how it will affect your baby in the womb would be a good start. It might be hard to quit but it would be much harder watching your tiny baby born prem struggle to breathe. I think it's hard to connect it if it's your first but your baby really does need the best start in life and the fear that your baby could be very sick, underweight or die would or should be enough to deter you20 hours ago · 1
Katherine TuckerThe guilt you already feel doesn't help, let alone everyone's opinion. We tend to smoke when we are stressed. Neither do the facts about how bad it is for either you or the bub. If the facts worked you would have quit long ago. No body wants to smoke, once they realise they are addicted, if only it was that simple.Youll get there when you need to. Do your best, take the advice that suits you, and please ignore anything on here that someone said that makes you feel anything but empowered to do your best. Allen Carr has helped a lot of my friends. It certainly will help you understand the addiction to nicotine better if nothing else, which is great if you've tried all the other methods with no success. Good luck and please ignore anything that makes you feel guilt or stressed cause that will only cause you to smoke more. Goodluck15 hours ago · 1
Charlene McPhanHey I smoked with my first it was so hard to quit! I had real bad morning sickness so I couldnâ€™t eat unless the hospital put drips in! So the only thing I did was smoke and I donâ€™t care about the other non smokers on her itâ€™s ur own choice at the end of the day! The dr just told me to cut down witch I did! My baby was fine even tho she came 5 - weeks early! When she turned one we made the choice to quit and we did! So with my second no smoking ðŸš but donâ€™t let others put you down! People smoke for all different reasons! And for some itâ€™s harder to quit! Just do what you can!!!!! Xxx16 hours ago · 1
Megan MansfieldNo judgement here! I know your battle. Not really words of advice but maybe words of encouragement. You can do it. It seems like you never can believe me. I stopped smoking when i was 12 weeks with my first on shear thought of an innocent baby ans cutting down gradually. Than silly me took up smoking after she was born again! I than fell pregnant with my second and i thought 'oh what a walk in the park! I have done this once before i can do it again!' How wrong i was.. it was 10x's harder! Didnt end up quitting until i was 20 weeks only because of a migraine that put me to bed for a week. :( she was born small and it often makes me wonder. Safe to say i have not taken up the habit again! It can be hard but the benefits are a plenty. I wish you all the best!21 hours ago · 1
Danni VazQuit for your unborn baby. Do it for her/him. My bestfriend was born with a hole in her heart caused by her mother smoking. The health problems she had growing up was sad to watch. She had a stroke when she was 6 yrs old and left her paralyzed. She had a pacemaker aswell. She suffered alot. Sadly she passed away when she was 13 yrs old! Trust me... its not a life you want for your child. Please stop smoking for your baby's sake. They didnt ask to be brought into this world with a bad start. I have a 19 mth old boy and i would do absolutely everything to protect him and keep him healthy cause the love i have for him hurts my heart. Its full of love.13 hours ago
Cassie VallanceI quit when I was pregnant as the choice to smoke was mine, not the baby and didn't want anything going wrong. Unfortunately I took it back up approx 6 weeks after I had bub as I was under tremendous stress at the time with health issues and I just got to the point where I didnt care. I admire those who quit and not go back.21 hours ago · 1
Bekah BrydenIf itâ€™s something you really want to do, youâ€™ll find a way to give up. A lot of Mums give up their wines etc for the 9 months... perhaps this special wee bub can be the catalyst for change, to help you give up altogether?17 hours ago · 1
Samantha Lee KibelkstisI don't smoke so I don't know. But I gave up coke (the drinking kind!), during my pregnancy. I think as a parent, your baby should be first priority no matter how hard it is. Time to put bubs first. They rely on you.17 hours ago · 1
Natasha NimmoWillpower. Everytime u want to light up, think about the babies health. I quit cold turkey and havent looked back.22 hours ago · 4
Ashleigh LionsMaybe have a read about how it is affecting your innocent baby.. try and put yourself in the shoes of future you, explaining to your innocent child the reason behind all of their health issues and specialist visits.. this might help motivate you, as I am sure no parent would like to have that entirely avoidable future conversation.www.livestrong.com/article/224245-side-effects-of-methadone-on-babies/17 hours ago · 1
Kylie RewiI just always said to myself the one thing that would make me stop is if I got pregnant. It's not just your own health anymore. Think of it like, you wouldn't blow smoke in your babies face would you? I stopped the day I found out. Have had a few sneaky ones when I've been out on the odd occasion. I'm fine until I have more than 2 drinks then the cravings start again. Good luck Hun you got this21 hours ago
Melissa SanhamI guess I was abit lucky in a way the smell made me want be vomit. I was a 40 a day smoker when I first fell pregnant. My partner is still a smoker. But as soon as I saw that baby on the screen I never touched one ever again. It's simply a choice. A tough one but the best I ever made. Still 8 years and 5 kids later I still now and again feel like a smoke and a drink but my kids and their health are my number one priority. Don't make accuses that just one won't hurt your baby. It does and it will. Its fact. Do anything you can to quit and be proud of what you are doing for your child. Goodluck and congratulations on being bless with a child.20 hours ago
Amy VossAs soon as i found out i was pregnant,i finished my pack and quit. It wasn't for me i was doing it for, it was for my baby. 18 weeks and still going! You can do it but you need to do it for yourself and your bubs. Dont feel guilty, but try to find ways to distract yourself and slowly cut down. Good luck!12 hours ago
Jenny PowerI quit before we started trying for a baby. Knowing what the outcome would be was a great motivator, and I literally just stopped when my pack ran out and I didnâ€™t buy anymore.
I watched a documentary once about the effects of smoking on the fetus and was so shocked that I knew I couldnâ€™t put a baby through that.
My bub is 7 months old now so itâ€™s been a long time since Iâ€™ve had a cigarette but I still get cravings. Because she is still breastfed I know I canâ€™t have a smoke (and I know itâ€™s so dangerous) but it really is so hard to resist.
Good on you for trying to do whatâ€™s right for your baby, it really is mind over matter - be strong Mumma
Sorry for the long post ðŸ˜˜14 hours ago
Alannah TomlinsonCut down gradually, take nicotine replacements, its effing hard xxx but you will be SO happy for your little one after. I miss it, still think about it every day, but i love my children more than anything. If only you could feel the love that you will have when you see them, it is enough to stop you and its enough to keep you stopped. :) if you falter dont give up and dont beat yourself up, its harder to quit than heroin, well from studies ive read about. Just keep thinking about your bundle and the years if growing, how you want them to be healthy and how your smoking could effect each and every year.16 hours ago
Samantha KiellyDonâ€™t give up cold turkey. Remember baby is not only effected by the smoking but also by the stress of giving up all at once. When you have withdrawals baby does (depending on how far along you are) So go see your doctor. They will give you information regarding nicotine patches ect. There is also an app that you can download and it gives you activities to do when you have a craving. Also when meeting up with friends/family I picked places that were inside or didnâ€™t allow smoking because all my family and friends smoke and majority of the time found myself alone while they smoked. So decided to take charge of picking the outings ect so you spend more time in smoke free areas helps.
It was super hard for me. Especially during the morning sickness period as smoking eased it. But I kept going and trying and I stopped. The first two days completely smoke free were the hardest but now I donâ€™t even crave it when someone smokes near me.
Good luck â˜ºï¸13 hours ago
Shannon SmithThe quitline helped me massively, plus they provided lozenges/patches/gum, whatever worked best for me and all the supportive phone calls i could possibly need. I also stocked up on sweet things and crackers just to keep my hands busy, puzzles and a lot of books. Second hand shops are fantastic if things are tight in that regard but definitely crackers helped a lot with the boredom.12 hours ago
Ariana GiffordI quit once I found out I was pregnant with my first. Never looked back. And so thankful due to serious complications with my babe I was so thankful I didnâ€™t contribute to the issues..
Maybe try keeping something on you that reminds you of the bigger picture ? A scan photo ? The rest stick ( in sealed bag for hygiene) ? Booties ?19 hours ago
Alarna EvansI quit with my first 10yrs ago i cut right down to once a week and slowly cut that day back i noticed i didnt want it as much and when my 1st was born didnt buy a packet again as i wasmt interested. My mum was unable to quit her last but cut right down and had the 1mlg smokes and about 5 a day she was told bt the doc if it was to stressful to quit cutting down was better than nothing.18 hours ago
Niicky MurphyAs soon as I started feeling sick when I had a smoke I had a thought I was pregnant, felt weird and off had the last few cigs left in packet then did the test and it was positive from this day forward I have never touched one since - has been almost 3 years I've given up - all for my beautiful baby girl who is 2 in January, my partner was so interested in the placenta when she was born and midwives can tell if you've been smoking through pregnancy through this!
Good luck mumma if I didn't feel sick for 9 months it would have been alot harder17 hours ago
Kate SmithI changed my habbits around smoking. My main one was first coffee and ciggarette. So i wouldnt have a coffee first. Id have breakfast. Then a coffee inside after i found if i didnt have the morning one i would crave them less throughout the day. Good luck hun u can inbox me if you want to talk about it without judgment.13 hours ago
Corrine CummingsI quit cold turkey as soon as I found out I was pregnant with my first. I planned the baby and I wanted to do everything I could to take the best care of it from the beginning. The first 3 days were the hardest but the thought of my precious baby depending on me ensured I wasn't even tempted. I haven't smoked since. 2 healthy beautiful babies now that I know I have given the best start I possibly could. Good luck x19 hours ago
Jess PlummerMy first baby i smoked all the way (not proud) although i cut right down she was born healthy and fine. I tried and couldn't do it. But with my second i quit not long after i found out and he was born cleft lip and palate. I just somehow convinced my own brain to quit and i did it.21 hours ago
Melissa Overtonit was hard for me to.. cutting down on how many you have each day is a start. stressing your self out and stopping completely will put stress on the baby. i went from 20 + a day straight down to 10. and gradually took it from there..14 hours ago
Kay BuchananI was a smoker the day I found out I was pregnant was the day I stopped walking into the doctors I said if Iâ€™m pregnant I will stop and I was have never touched one since it did it for my baby and my health but mainly bubs not judging itâ€™s easier for some than others19 hours ago
Astra WilliamsI quit cold turkey the day I found out. I stopped by looking at pictures of premature babies, or babies born with lung problems from smoking, and reading stories about babies who didnt make it because the mothers didnt stop. As hard as it may be to quit, it would never compare to how hard it would be to lose your baby.19 hours ago
Monica PondeljakWill power did it for me too. I was a heavy smoker and had tried and failed to quit numerous times before falling pregnant. I remember always saying to myself I'll quit when I'm pregnant because its not my health I'm risking, I think having this embedded in my mind for years actually helped. The day I found out I had 1 smoke, then threw the rest of them in the bin. I think I scabbed maybe 3 in total over my mate over the next week. My partner also stopped which helped but not for a few months. Once the morning sickness started the smell of cigarette smoke repulsed me which I think helped. There were definitely days where I was stressed to the max and picked up a smoke but before I could even grab a lighter, guilt got the better of me and I felt horrible for even thinking about it, so I would throw it away and forget it. I think i definitely substituted with food, and instead of going outside on my lunch breaks I would stay in the staff room and make conversation or play games on my phone until the craving went away. You can do it if you truly believe you can and believe in what is best for bubba. Good on you for reaching out for help, that is the first step. Keep going xx21 hours ago
Toula PerezI understand it would be hard on you but just think of it as you have a life inside of you growing and you only want what's best for that baby, that should be enough to make you want to stop ðŸ˜€17 hours ago · 1
Nicole Faye Evans-TaylorI didn't quit until 19 weeks 5 days. My midwife told me that if I quit by 20 weeks then it would be as if I never smoked so that was my goal! This was probably super harsh too but she said 'everytime you have a smoke just think of your baby locked in a cupboard and blow that smoke into it. That made me feel sick and i practically quit within the week lol. It's been just over a year now smoke free and I'm so glad I did not just for bub but me too and financially! Good luck mumma!16 hours ago
Rachael WhittlesI gave up as soon as I found out was smoking for over ten years.. if you want to give up you will. Depends on how bad you wanna protect the baby inside you.19 hours ago · 2
Emily TonissenI was a heavy smoker, i found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks, I didnâ€™t have another one after I got the positive test. I personally think it comes down to will power, I did not want to subject my baby to smoking, as my baby didnâ€™t have a choice.16 hours ago
Pamela Dykei hope you can find the strength to stop, for your own health, let alone the baby's. my (male) partner smoked for decades finding it hard to quit(he did around 6years ago) but damage done, he has about 25% lung capacity now & cannot do toomuch physical activities, eg we no longer go bush walking.19 hours ago
Rochelle CoyleI tried to quit , got hypnotised stopped for a while but started again . The doctor told me nicorette and things like that are dangerous for bubs also . But in the end I had a beautiful healthy little girl and my placenta was also very very healthy ... good luck but don't beat yourself up about as I found that only made things harder20 hours ago
Kyla WhittenI smoked pretty much my whole pregnancy of course i felt guilty i gave birth to a very healthy beautiful boy i did give it up eventually after having him like my dr told me the worst thing u can do is give up while ur pregant it can cause damage then good just slow right down if u can give up then even better people are gonna judge just remember there has been millions of mothers before us who have smoked during there preganacy and have given birth to healthy babies (not saying its a good thing cause its not far from it but ur not the only one in the world whos done it)14 hours ago
Nat LargeI found using Nitonell (none of the others worked) patches for 9 weeks helped me so much, I used the lowest level I could get and by week 5-6 I was cutting them in half. Don't wear them at night tho, they give you nightmares.21 hours ago
Cassie SeppalaWhen i found out i was pregnant, I smoked a really nice cigarette from Bali, and that was like my last hoorah. Haven't touched one since and don't ever plan to again! It really helps me when I feel like one i think of this last hoorah cigarette.20 hours ago
Tennille ReidDon't quit straight away. You put stress on your body and baby. Cut down how much you smoke and if you end up being smoke free fantastic if not at least your making conscious effort to reduce the impact on your child.21 hours ago
Steph WatsonI went cold turkey and worked straight away I just put in my head that it was best for my baby and I did it
Even when I walked past some one the smell would make me feel sick in the end16 hours ago
Peta HounsomI quit day I found out I was pregnant and have not had one since 3 years on. Healthy 9lb baby girl at 38 weeks. Not health issues.. If you can't sacrifice something for a baby rethink your priorities.19 hours ago
Nadina GalgeyHey I couldn't stop but wanted so badly. In the end when I had a couple of days with no smokers around me at all and a bag ful of chupa chups lollies I managed. Try them maybe it will help you too ðŸ˜Š21 hours ago
Hayley MckernanIt's really selfish to smoke when pregnant. It's not about you anymore it's a life. That causes premature birth, also issues in life later on. Just stop. Simple. It's bloody dirty.13 hours ago
Arlene Keshishi DowerSome women automatically go off the smell, no judgement but please try do Ur best with anything the gp can recommend to help you as the growth of baby is so important17 hours ago
Shanelle ConwayGood luck mumma! I know how hard quitting is and you will do it when you're ready. Hopefully reading these comments will give you your motivation but ultimately, you have to be ready!21 hours ago
Samantha RosarioWillpower 100% the thought of putting that into my baby terrified me and made me feel sick to my stomach. I used the puffer inhaler thing for a short time and then just stopped altogether!!! You can do it mama, just think of that beautiful baby inside that needs all good nourishment and healthy habits from mama. Good luck â˜ºï¸21 hours ago
Georgina McnamaraYou should t be smoking while your pregnant for a start it's dangerous. And it could kill your unborn child18 hours ago
Natalie WakelingWhen I was 16 I was told by my sisters that I needed to quit so I did when I was 8and a half weeks and then miscarried 2 weeks later. So I also recommend to slowly ease yourself off them20 hours ago
Heather Layla VassalloI quit cold turkey at the start of both my pregnancies. It does take alot of will power. I'm not going to judge, each to thier own. It was a personal choice on my behalf. I know many people that have smoked and had healthier, bigger babies then myself.20 hours ago
Ann Marie CollierJust think of the harm u are doing to ur baby dats all it should take should b an easy decision. Yes I was a smoker gave up the minute found out was pregnant .13 hours ago
Joey SpoonerI slowly cut down (I found out I was pregnant when I was 17 weeks) & heavy smoker, cut down to about 2 a day by the end. Talked to my doctor the whole time about it.13 hours ago
Tiff HiggsGiving up is easy. I quit cold turkey when I found out I was pregnant. You should be quitting for your unborn child. Not giving up is selfish.20 hours ago · 1
Amanda Josephine FarrugiaI wouldn't quit yet.. if you quit altogether your body goes into flush mode and will see the baby as a foreign object and will flush it out.. or so I've been told19 hours ago
Lisa Courtneyhave a Nicotine gum every time you have a craving i was down to one a day then i quit plus healthier for the baby its a good start22 hours ago
Mikki TazI wasn't able to fully quit but I managed to keep it to when I was stressed by cutting down a few smokes a week by the time I was 12 weeks I was down to one a day......if you don't cut down slowly you can do more halm then good13 hours ago
Donna H WoodroffeJust cut down and then eventually stop. I tried to quit during my pregnancy, I was also clean off drugs cold turkey during pregnancy, so when I saw my doctor and told them this, they advised me to cut down slowly and eventually quit. They never force drug addicts who are getting clean to also quit smoking as that puts more stress on the body and risk to bubs. So just cut down each week and then stop xx15 hours ago
Kristey LowaterJust don't buy them and don't be around people who have them...if u really want to do the best for ur baby...it might be a hard few days but isn't it well worth it? I'm was a smoker and due for my first in 11 days and def unplanned and I'm doing it alone and the min I found out I just quit and I smoked since I was 18 and I'm now a month of 30 so if u want it bad enough u can do it17 hours ago
Leslie Doig WeberI'd remember that if I took a smoke, then my baby would be denied oxygen. It was a powerful thought, enough to stop smoking.19 hours ago
Mel JayI quit cold turkey as soon as I found out. My babyâ€™s health was more important than my cravings for a cigarette17 hours ago · 1
Nikki ZaiczTry the Allen Carr book (there might even be a dvd?) or speak to your doctor about nicotine replacements, have faith in yourself ðŸ˜Š22 hours ago
Athena CotidisJust do it! You have to just deal with it. Remember that nine months of sacrifice gives that baby the best start they can get - the best lifetime.17 hours ago
Marijana Nikolic PopovicI wouldn't recommend to you quit smoking because you can distress baby and make it worse for you and baby. Now iys not the time trust me22 hours ago
Michelle Amy DicksonThe smell of it made me vomit after a while but for me was a no brainer the day I found out i just stopped16 hours ago
Kelly LucasWhen I was pregnant with my first i was a smoker but when I got to about 6-7 weeks I felt so sick anytime I had a cigarette and I was able to give up and have no cravings. I would suggest talking with your dr and try the quit line for help. Best of luck xx20 hours ago
Danielle ChapmanMy advice would to be go and speak to your midwife or doctor and ask for help. Itâ€™s great that you can acknowledge that you need to stop and have tried . Try and not read all the horrible negative comments. You obviously know itâ€™s something you have to change and donâ€™t need strangers and keyboard mummies putting you down .19 hours ago
Laura Phillips-LoaderThe moment I found out I was pregnant. I ditched it! To me my baby was more worth it to me than a cigarette.13 hours ago
Amy BoydI was a smoker until the day I found out I was pregnant. I personally did not find it hard but it is different for everyone. I hope u have support from ur loved ones. Just try one day at a time, if u really don't want to smoke while u are pregnant u will find a way to do it. Good luck : )20 hours ago
Maryann McCannQuitting is hard...but you know what? You are pregnant, if you can't give up for your own health give up for your baby she has no choice in this18 hours ago
Molly VeronicaI gave up by taking up knitting. If I wanted a smoke I would knit and suck a lolly pop. Lots of water to help flush it from your body.22 hours ago · 3
Jessica LakinI tried the quit for you quit for two program get free patchâ€™s and that midwife hooked me up on it22 hours ago · 3
Jessica BartonCarrot sticks there hard to light! In all honesty try to slowly cut back and then cold turkey it18 hours ago
Natasha Kumarthinking about how it can affect your baby should be enough to make you stop.13 hours ago · 1
Kiki ElsonWhich do you value more, a ciggarette or the health of your baby?18 hours ago · 1
Tatum MartinIve never smoked but speak to your doctor withdrawals may harm the baby22 hours ago
Tara SorraghanJust think that every time you inhale that youâ€™re basically blowing smoke into your babies faces. You wouldnâ€™t do that once pure babies born would you18 hours ago
Maddison OakleyCutting cold turkey can stress so just cut right back I smoked all through with mine and 'stunted growth' is a load of shit my son was a 37 seeker and almost 4kg my placenta was also really healthy and whole. They can not blame any of these diseases on smoking when healthy people who've never smoked drank or done drugs have babes with said diseases.21 hours ago
Sara Anne MawdsleyThis might get some controversy but try vaping. Instead of the 5000+ chemicals you find in nicotine, decent e-liquid from a reputable supplier only contains 5-6 ingredients, and the only addictive aspect is the nicotine. Nicotine is just a stimulant, much like coffee or energy drinks. Definitely safer than smoking.15 hours ago
Holly MayMy cousin told me a story that her baby came out craving nicotine. Enough for me. My last cigarette was a night out before I found out I was pregnant and was an easy quit for me because I just thought of my little baby. Good luck Kate. Mind over matter, just think to yourself, you ARE more than an expensive addiction!!!!!! ðŸ˜20 hours ago
NBB question from Bec: Hi! I have a 3 month old who hates tummy time. What can I do to get him to enjoy it and do it more often? At the moment I put him on his tummy and within a minute or 2 he gets really frustrated and starts crying. ... See moreSee less
Louise AllenThereâ€™s a lot of research and information to suggest that Tummy time is not a great idea at all - forcing a baby to stress and strain to use muscles that are not developed enough or ready to be used in that way. Instead allowing the child to be on their back and strengthen their muscles naturally23 hours ago · 10
Julia JonesTummy time doesnâ€™t have to be on the floor. Itâ€™s anytime they are more face down. So on your lap or chest is also considered tummy time.23 hours ago · 10
Ayla Elysoun ThomasMy boy loves it but he loves it even more when heâ€™s fully naked or with just a singlet if itâ€™s a bit colder than usual ðŸ˜‚ I just put him on his sheep skin/ or change mat with a couple of towels just in case he peeâ€™s and poops, I put the sheep skin or change Mat there so he doesnâ€™t head butt the ground really hard because heâ€™s only 6 weeks (his neck muscles are still strengthening up)23 hours ago · 4
Kelly ElyssaDefinitely just keep persevering. My daughter was the same at 3 months, and I was stressing myself out that she was falling behind! (first bub!)
I spoke to a friend of mine that said her daughter hated it too, and not to stress, they all develop and do things in their own way & in their own time!
And once I stopped stressing, everything happened at once! She started spending more time on her tummy without cracking it, can push herself up and even roll! She's now 4.5 months. ðŸ˜Š23 hours ago · 2
He doesnâ€™t have to stay on his tummy for long! Toys or playing games with him while his on the floor trying to let him lay on his tummy longer and longer each go.
Our little one has only received tummy time and hasnâ€™t really relied on bouncers and now sheâ€™s crawling at 6 months! She also hated tummy time at 3 months.23 hours ago
Natalie ListerOur nurses told us (with both 1st and 2nd babies) that tummy time doesn't have to be on the floor. If they are laying on their tummy on your chest, it's still classed as tummy time. Its about their neck strength more than their rolling milestone... So if bub is happy on your chest, keep doing it :)14 hours ago · 2
Josh DayIt's all about neck strength and nothing to do with actually being on their stomachs. You'll find they will probably get the same neck exercise having them upright on your shoulder as best case tummy time.17 hours ago
Jaime-lee HillJust keep trying in small doses, our little girl didn't master it until she was a good 4 months old. She was fine if we did it on us but on the floor she hated it. She would cry and face plant then one day off she went. That was at the mch too...made me look like a fool ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ lol but she mastered it. Try doing it on your chest while laying on the couch too that seemed to help ðŸ˜„21 hours ago
Solange GrahamI would suggest it is a good thing to strengthen those muscles especially as a way to encourage normal gross motor development such as rolling etc. and as well as a deterrent of babies forming flat spots on their heads due to being on their backs too much of the day/night. There are many ways to encourage tummy time but start with short bursts and increase as they tolerate it, spend time on the floor with them, using toys or mirrors and interacting with them as they do tummy time can help or use the opportunity to teach them how to roll from back to tummy both ways and as other have said you relax lay down and put Bub on your chest and have a little chat. The length of tummy time isn't the problem it's the frequency.20 hours ago
Kylie RewiMy girl always hated it. She started rolling from back to front super early and then she'd scream her head off once she was on her tummy. We just gave her things to play with. Try a sensory hoop? Tie ribbons, shower puff things and bright colourful stuff on a hula hoop and lie him in the middle.23 hours ago
Alicia MasonIf you're lying down on your back and the baby lays on top of your chest on their belly it counts as tummy time. Often babies tolerate this more. My baby didn't have floor tummy time until she could roll herself from her back to her front so that she could control when she was on her belly. Then as soon as she indicated she didn't like being on her tummy anymore, I would either pick her up right away and place her on her back again when she was ready. Eventually she learned to roll both ways and was fully in charge of the duration of tummy time.14 hours ago
Jess LoweMy daughter hated tummy time as her neck muscles were too tight to allow her to lift her head (torticollis) enough. We saw a paediatric physiotherapist and did some exercises to loosen those muscles and then tummy time was no longer something she hated. I'd personally get that checked as its quite common, just to rule it out.18 hours ago
Kayla TopeMy bub was the same and I started with him just lying on my chest, proped up on my leg, had a cushion underneath him to give him support. Now he is more comfortable I always sit directly in front of him and in his eye line to motivate him to lift his head. I would only ever do it for as long as he wanted, even if it was just a minute and he started to dislike it I would turn him over. Bath time is also good, having them laying over your arm on their tummies helps. He is 3 months now and can go for almost 10mins. Keep persevering you got this!12 hours ago
Deanne AshtonYou should speak to a nurse at your local community centre about the pros/cons of tummy time. However it seems to me if Bub only lasts a minute then that is better then nothing. Start with that and build it up. I put Bub face down on my chest, or on the nappy change or couch so we were face to face.14 hours ago
Bec JohnsonI have 3 boys, 2 didnt mind tummy time and 1 absolutely hated it... but even though they loved it, it made me paranoid with all the SIDS info. So i would pop bubs on my chest while watching tv. All of them would squirm for a little while.. then drift off to sleep and there we would have it! At least an hour of supervised, calm tummy time ðŸ˜Š22 hours ago
Vanessa SchultzMy little one hated it so much, I tried at least once a day but as soon as she was one her tummy it was a straight up tantrum so I didn't push it. Until she learnt how to roll over onto her tummy herself which was around 3 months anyway, she loved it. Now at 6 months I can't keep her off her tummy. She's so close to crawling forward, she seems to have mastered crawling backwards ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤”23 hours ago
Adelle Akroyd MillsI didn't force it both my girls hated it and they are both very mobile and strong. I tried at least once each day the bath can be a good way using your hand and arm to support his head and chest the only way I could get my girls to do a kind of tummy time workout23 hours ago
Sarah FoleyMy baby hated it at first
And I never forced her to do it.
She's now 6 months old..
Has been rolling since she was 3 and a half months.
And can almost crawl now
I think the big hype on tummy time is a bit unrealistic
I would never force her to do anything she didn't want to do.21 hours ago
Caryn MiskellMy 9 week old not so keen. I try to keep it short but he spends huge amounts of time on my shoulder and have noticed after a bath he likes being on his tummy whilst I stroke his back with some oil. I donâ€™t stress about tummy time on floor too much as it really makes him quite spewy which I guess is why he doesnâ€™t like it too much.22 hours ago
Caitlin HemmingTry smaller bursts.. like 30 seconds - 1 minute then pick them up, cuddle for a minute or two, then try again! You donâ€™t want them to get upset but this way they still get enough tummy time!! Maybe try over a pillow or similar so they are on an angle? Not completely flat? Even over a fitness ball! Good luck!! ðŸ˜€17 hours ago
Peta LeaMy boy hates it too at that age and I would use little pillow to help him stay on his tummy longer. Once he started rolling onto his tummy by himself, he did it a lot more and got much stronger. Sometimes you just got to go with the flow with what they want to do and donâ€™t stress about fighting it ðŸ˜‰23 hours ago
Lisa DonohoeMy little boy used to cry through tummy time as well. His head was quite big for his age so it took him longer to build the muscles and strength in his neck. A friend suggested putting a travel neck pillow underneath him and it helped us so much. He is now 4 months and loving tummy time.14 hours ago
Sarah RankMy daughter hated tummy time when she was a bub. I would put her on her tummy on the couch and sit on the floor in front of her so she could see my face. In no time she was lifting her head up to look at me and pushing herself up with no problems ðŸ˜Š21 hours ago
Leah WeinbaumUse your yoga ball with baby on top and your weight on his bum roll back and forward in front of a mirror or use a towel under chest to give more support22 hours ago · 1
Dannielle SimpsonI brought this for my daughter. She was the same hated tunmy time the second we did it she would cry i brought this and it helped had things for her to play with and feel each time on it she played longer12 hours ago
Kaili Rose My girl was about 6 weeks in this photo, she really doesnâ€™t like being put on the floor so Iâ€™ll prop her on my leg like in the photo or on my chest or I will also sit with my legs up and place her belly down on my legs so her head is looking over my knees. ðŸ˜Š16 hours ago
Amber ParkinsonMy son isn't a fan still at 5 months but is getting more tolerant of it. I got him a mirror and he loves looking at himself rather than just toys.23 hours ago
Ashleigh JohnstonUse a mirror, Kmart sell them in kids section cheap, put toys in front or try propping the baby up on a rolled up towel.23 hours ago
Ellen SouthTry him on a yoga ball ðŸ˜ lay him on top of it and gently roll/rock him23 hours ago · 1
Briady FergusonWe played aeroplane around the room. Our LO loved it, hated conventional tummy time.20 hours ago · 1
Katey KaeMy baby doesnâ€™t like it much either but I find when his naked after his bath heâ€™ll tolerate it a bit longer13 hours ago
Natasha Joy CoatesMy daughter hated it for a while but one day when she was 4 months old she suddenly liked it.16 hours ago
Rachel SummersBaby - would make life easier. Husbands mind is easy enough. And I have no interest in what is going on with c's head.1 day ago · 25
Aimee HerbertWhy isn't there a option to just sleep and not listen to any of them hahaha
Buy I'd totally want to know babies thoughts my ex I couldn't care less about1 day ago · 13
Rebecca FaulDefinitely my baby's. I don't need to read my partners because he's a straight forward kind of guy who says exactly how he feels and what's on his mind and well I haven't met his mother yet and if he has his way I will probably never meet her as he doesn't get along with his mum too well. But yes definitely my baby's because then I wouldn't feel so useless when he wants something or isn't well but can't tell me1 day ago · 1
Andrea FarrellDefinitely babyâ€™s mind! Hubby always says what heâ€™s thinking anyway and MIL is awesome. Imagine knowing what Bub needed instantly ðŸ¤¯ðŸ˜³1 day ago · 2
Husband I don't think thinks all that much, and mother in law says it's all to my face anyway.1 day ago · 17
Deb MartinNo need to read my mother in law from hells mind i know exactly what she thinks of me and the feeling is mutual ..23 hours ago · 6
Aleesha NunanJake Nunan definitely a.
Youâ€™re easy to read and tbh I donâ€™t wanna know everything you think. And my brain will explode reading your mums. So yes the babies :)16 hours ago · 2
Beth WalkerBaby. Mother in law has passed away, and I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d want to read my husbands mind- too much honesty and no filter would hurt sometimes, too much!14 hours ago
NBB question from Donna: Hi, I'm 6 weeks postpartum and my hair is falling out in clumps! Is this happening to anyone else? My hair was so thick during pregnancy and now it's dull ðŸ˜± ... See moreSee less
Kimberley BorgI had this after my first bub too! Started about a month post-partum, and then i ended up becoming pregnant again a month later and now my hair is thick again ssoooo there's that as a solution? ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ (seriously, would not recommend. Im excited about having another baby but oh my god pregnancy and a newborn is insane)23 hours ago · 3
Fiona BurnettNo one tells you about this before you have it I swear!
I had my hair fall out in clumps and ended up with two bald patches (luckily it kinda just looked like I had a weird hairline) at the front of my hairline. Only just growing back at a year after birth.1 day ago · 3
Natalie WalWhen your pregnant your hair goes into a growth cycle because of your hormones and when you have your baby your hormones have a massive drop and your hair will fall out by the handful sometimes, for many woman they are just losing the extra hair the gained while pregnant but unfortunately for some it goes beyond that and there isn't anything you can do...... I'm a hairdresser and I had about 6-7 bald patches after having my daughter and they were about the size of a 50c piece or a little bigger and I have quite think hair to start with so was loving my thick pregnancy hair but I lost it and a lot extra until my hormones settled back down1 day ago · 1
Manesvi SailiI was told about post partin hair loss bit trust me you donâ€™t want to believe it until it happens to you ! My hair is naturally healthy and pretty thick and in pregnancy it only got better. Bam! Baby is around 4 months ans my hair started to fall in big swirls ans I almost thought (still do) that I am going bald for sure. My daughter is now 6 months and now I feel like I have adjusted with the hair fall. Basically itâ€™s all of the hair that did not shed off during pregnancy ðŸ¤° so I guess there isnâ€™t something to worry very much about.
Yes I do miss my thick hair but my midwife and doctor a told me that it gets better by 8-10 months postpartum!19 hours ago
Emily O'HalloranMy hair fell out so much after I had my son that I had bald spots.ðŸ˜¥ The areas near my temples had bald spots everywhere and I couldnâ€™t even wear my up anymore, it was so depressing. I was worried it would never grow back but a year later my hair is normal again, thick and healthy like it always has been. I think this happens to lots of people and Iâ€™m sure your hair will grow up too.20 hours ago
Peta LeaAt 4m PP my hair fell out for a month and I looked like I had a receding hairline. Now 9m PP, I look like I have side burns and a bad fringe due to the regrowth ðŸ˜œ23 hours ago · 2
Kerri SinglaTotally normal :) I didn't know either, and completely freaked when my hair started coming out by the handful! It does get better :)1 day ago · 1
Carly CookMines just started coming out and I cannot remember losing so much the first time round, but I did cut all of my hair off after #1 where as this time Iâ€™ve kept the length so maybe thatâ€™s why ðŸ¤·ðŸ¼â€â™€ï¸1 day ago
Teagan JonesSeeing a lot of comments on here of prolonged hair loss. Ladies if you're still losing heaps of hair months later do go and get your iron and thyroid checked. Turns out my ridiculous hair loss is actually linked to my severely low iron. Worth getting checked :)14 hours ago
Olivia WoolleyNormal. Women dont malt during pregnancy so when bub is born and those hormones wear off then you lose what you should have plus your current hair.
Mine was so bad after my 2nd, its only now grown past my jaw line and thats been 2 years in 2 weeks lol23 hours ago
Samantha Lee KibelkstisYep. It happens sadly. I EBF up until 19 months so it really had no hope. I'm taking vitamins now as it's so thin. Hoping it will come back eventually. Look after yourself. Good luck!22 hours ago
Jessicaa LouiseeThis happened to me and is still happening now and my daughter is 6 months, i think its from all the extra hormones leaving your system as ive heard alot of other women have had this21 hours ago
NBB question from Hayley: Baby bouncer recommendations? Would like to not spend hundreds but get something that my little man will like to lay in and can be used for at least 12 months....any suggestions? ... See moreSee less
Lizzie HodderWe use a vintage crochet bouncer. It's the best thing our bub has. Super comfy, she can kick her legs which helps with her burping most times and she's not laying like a half shut pocket knife like most of them are designed1 day ago · 7
Claire GoodwinGot mine from a friend. Kmart Bright stars brand. It was great! I wouldn't look at getting an expensive on as some babies hate them.1 day ago · 9
Chevelle NeveYep you can find heaps on buy sell pages second hand good condition and even get the more expensive ones for cheap. We got one that swings and my first born loved it. You will only use it like the others said for 6 months or so. Iâ€™ll be using mine soon again for my second one then Iâ€™ll be selling it off. So go look at those sort of pages happy hunting1 day ago · 2
Amanda TudosaGenerally bouncers aren't used past when bubs is sitting up themselves. However, the Nuna Leaf and Bombol bouncers I know can be used past that stage and into toddler years (but I think they're more pricey). Or the fisher price rocking bouncers (but so far I've only heard of them in the US).1 day ago · 2
Kate LouiseYou wont use a bouncer until 12 months!! They are far too heavy for them and will just tip the bouncer/themselves over well before then. I stopped using one at about 4 months coz bub tipped himself head first onto the tiles when i was in the shower one day ðŸ™„1 day ago · 2
Jacqui Moore MoroneyWe have a Fisher&Price rocker with music and vibrations which is ok. But bub really loves the BabyBjorn mesh bouncer. We love it too because it folds flat and fits easily in the car, so we take it camping and to friends houses or the park if we want to put bub down for a minute. It's expensive but I got it for $100 on gumtree. :)1 day ago · 2
Jessica MiddletonLoved my target $60 one that had a few music setting and vibrations. I thought I'd keep it for baby number 2. But my first just used it all the way through he's almost 4 n still uses it as a chair. It also still works n in great condition. I've had to put it away to keep it extra clean for baby. They r worth it just have a look n decide what is best for u1 day ago
Natalie OpieYou might find that bubs wonâ€™t want to be in the bouncer once itâ€™s sitting. My daughter is 8 months, itâ€™s now sitting collecting dust lol but I got her an early starts one, with toys that dangle above. It helps with their motor skills and something to look at! Only cost about $40 from big w1 day ago
Holly SmithersWe never got a bouncer coz we bought the swing instead. I highly recommend a swing! When baby is unsettled, it can be such a godsend! Well, it was for us anyways! Heâ€™s 15 months now and I still have it! We use it on rare occasions when I canâ€™t settle him. He still fits... just hahahaha21 hours ago
Laura SmithBaby Bjorn bouncer is the greatest thing ever. Recommended to me by a few mummy friends and cannot rave about it enough. I didn't get the toy bar but will for my next Bub. I just clipped on my own toys. Slip comes off and washes nicely. My son is 14 months and larger for his age and he still sits in it to have a bottle. Clip allows it to not bounce when older.22 hours ago
Kelly BaldockYou could try a Rocker Napper by Tiny Love . I had one for my youngest it goes from a layflat for new babies and it goes up to 18 kilos roughly and you turn it into a seat after a certain age. It was $150 though but I found it really good. Let my baby sleep when he wouldn't sleep in his bassinet when he was really small.1 day ago
Caryn MiskellGot this steelcraft one. Has a rail you can put toys on, head support. Can choose for it to rock or not. Also has a sun shade which great for outside but also helps to create a calming space when Bub needs to settle. Has being so helpful for us for use inside and outside.1 day ago
Trish WiezelDon't spend alot of money! None of my 4 kids have used a bouncer for more than a few months. Have a look on the facey selling pages, you will find one in great condition!1 day ago
Kerryn ThompsonWe got one and never used it due to how the neck was due to being small By the time she was big enough she didn't want to be in it. I found it a waste of money. Rather them on the floor.1 day ago
Caitlin Aimee MagillWe got the swing from target was $99 its a swing with music but you can clip the front in and use it like a seat and put it on vibrate. I carry it all around the house too its not too heavy23 hours ago
Lauren MonroI have a 4moms Bounceroo and is the best thing ever.
My daughter is 10 months now and just about walking and still uses it when she drinks her bottle throughout the day.22 hours ago
Karmelle BoehmeI have an ingenuity bouncer that bounces itself and bubs loves it but like anything gets bored after a while... we also have a lil lamb swing and she loves that! We got it rly cheap second hand.1 day ago
Samantha Lee KibelkstisI wouldn't spend a fortune. As soon as bubs is about 4 - 6 months and moving they wont stay in it anyway.22 hours ago
Kylie ReidYour baby wonâ€™t use it at all once they are sitting up and crawling (around 5mths) so I wouldnâ€™t bother buying one brand new. They have a lot of second hand ones on gumtree23 hours ago
Sharyn ScottI just brought a newborn highchair an used that cause u can use it till they are 3.. my son hated going into a chair an the swing1 day ago
Adelle Akroyd MillsI got one on market place for $20 it was brand new still her bubba didn't like it my daughter loved it23 hours ago
Melissa ElphinstoneWe have a Fisher price one. Comes with new born insert and toy bar too. Bub is 11 months and still uses it1 day ago
Marie KampferI buy mine second hand but my babies stop staying in the bouncer once they reach about 6 months.1 day ago · 6
Louise HenshawYou will only need one till about 6months. Once they are sitting and crawling they wont need it anymore.1 day ago · 5
Molly VeronicaDon't waste big money. Target have nice ones. I got mine second hand for $10. I found a swing better1 day ago · 1
Dani WenskeI got one from target for $50. My daughter likes it so far.1 day ago · 1
Ashleigh FoleyIngenuity. We loved it for our little man. Only threw it out because it got ruined in a storm.1 day ago · 1
Kristie TimmsLove my VeeBee bouncer, my 5 month old has happily sat in his since he was a month old and great price!22 hours ago · 1
Kym RosenthalI got mine from gumtree $10 not all babies like them so i didnt want to spend a fortune on it1 day ago · 1
Adelle Akroyd MillsI actually have the one my daughter had you can have just have to pay for postage ðŸ˜‰23 hours ago
Chevelle NeveI have one for my bugaboo I use it a lot for our first first first few months and it was great as she was in a brace with hip dysplasia so kept her comfy in the correct position, great for coverage from sun we did a lot of walking with our dogs and great to use as a bed I always of opening a porta cot up for new born as it flat and had lots of room. Will come in handy over Xmas season out and about. My came with pram so no extra cost. I used it a lot and plan to again with my new Bub being born next week.1 day ago
Mellissa MayI have a bugaboo, FTM to a 2.5 week old. I have a basinette and have used it already 6+ times, I'm aiming to walk everyday to shift baby weight. He loves it, great for settling him when he won't go down for a sleep. Also great for sleeping in at others houses/out for lunch/tea. I find it essential. It's also good for around the house ie going outside to hang washing/gardening1 day ago
Hayley Louise McCroneI got one with my pram and we barely used it I did find it useful when we stayed at mums I just sat it on the couch as a bed for her instead of using the portacot when she was tiny. Other run that I think we used it once for walking and my daughter hated it and wanted to sit up more.1 day ago
Julia JonesI loved mine. Used it heaps. Mostly because my pram doesnâ€™t go flat. Also used it as s bed a few times when we stayed overnight places.1 day ago · 1
Alison RowlandNo. We bought the iCandy Peach v16 and it's one of the only prams that has a seat which goes completely flat. Even the baby store we bought from said they are a waste of money.1 day ago
Uschi WattsCharlotte, this icandy pram looks cool. With the bassinet and a seat at the front, or toddler can stand on the back. Comes at a price though :-(1 day ago
NBB question from Ashley: Hi mama's I have a question about breastfeeding. My bubs is 8 weeks old and I've been doing my best to exclusively breastfeed her but I've struggled the entire way with cracked and bleeding nipples, latching and now my milk supply seems to be drying up because I've had so many issues. I've kept persisting because I know all the benefits breastfeeding has for her so I now mix feed. I just feel depleted and tired and kind of like I can't feed my baby. I think it's time to give up BF altogether so I can enjoy her. Has anyone else struggled with BF? Does it get easier? Thanks ... See moreSee less
Molly VeronicaSpeak to a lactation consultant to see if they can help.
I fed for 3 weeks for my first and 13 weeks for my second. I felt like a failure. I actually felt like I was mourning a loss of a bond I thought I was missing out on. I resented friends that could breastfeed. I had to leave the room if someone was feeding because I felt so horrible about it. But it's been two years now and I'm now proud of how hard I tried and you know what - the day they went into formula - we were so much more relaxed. I wasn't spending all day pumping and feeding and making breastfeeding cookies and reading how to breastfeed things on line. Fed is best!!! Happy mum happy baby. It's ok to feel a little sad but trust me - holding your baby and looking into their eyes while you give a bottle - is just as beautiful.2 days ago · 25
Amy KysonIt's sad to see the amount of people that suggest formula straight off the bat. Yes fed is best but breastmilk has so many more benefits that stick with your bub forever. Yes some people genuinely can't breastfeed n that's fine but you should always try and get help from a lactation consultant and the ABA first. If you're in that much pain sounds like you need to get bub assessed for oral ties. If you really want to breastfeed and want help I suggest joining the Australian breastfeeding project for support and advice xo2 days ago · 19
Summer Irene CojocaruThere really is nothing wrong with formula feeding your baby. Breast feeding is hard it can eat better but it can also take months. I would buy a Tin if formula make a bottle and enjoy feeding your baby ðŸ™‚2 days ago · 21
Jemma ArcherIf you want to continue breastfeeding it is well worth seeing an IBCLC. The Milk Meg is an amazing source of knowledge. Cracked nipples could also be a sign of a lip or tongue tie which can be fixed. If you can overcome the hurdles then breastfeeding is so worth it!2 days ago · 12
Emily CondonCannot suggest strongly enough seeing an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Not just a midwife or a lactation consultant. Get your baby assessed for tongue and lip ties. Look into foods to increase your supply.
Women need to be more appropriately supported with breastfeeding. Yes it's natural, but it certainly is a learnt skill.
Don't give up if it's what you truly want to do. There is help available. Even try mix feeding, so you can go back to BF if your issues improve.2 days ago · 10
Cheryl RandallIt does get easier, this is from someone who couldn't get her baby to latch to not knowing things like cluster feeding and questioning my milk supply. Try hydrogel breast discs for the cracked nipples if you haven't already, a lovely person told me about them and I am so glad she did. My nipples were so sore once my son was able to latch, also put some breastmilk on your nipples and let them air dry. Try lactation cookies too if you haven't, I found they worked wonders for my supply. Maybe go exclusively EBM if your body responds to pumping. In the end fed is best so don't be too hard on your if you need to mix feed or just formula feed.2 days ago · 4
Solange GrahamIf you feel like you want to formula feed, go ahead a fed and happy baby is the best thing and not worth the psychological strain if you feel like persevering with breastfeeding is taking a toll on you. If you do however want to continue to breastfeed please contact a lactation consultant or talk to your doctor or if you are in Brisbane I'm happy to chat with you and give you tips on latch etc. I would try using shields to give your nipples a chance to heal, after a feed make sure to rub a little of your breast milk on them and let then to air dry. If you want to naturally increase your supply, try making some lactation cookies and or taking some fenugreek. Make sure that you are drinking LOTS of water (at least 2 litres a day plus other drinks) and ensure that you are eating enough. No one can make the decision that is the best for you and your baby but you. Good luck Hun xx2 days ago · 2
Natalie Felsch GreenwoodYour wellbeing is just as important as bubs. You have done so well to just breast feed feeling like this for 8 weeks! Its okay if you want to stop completely now and just formula feed, your precious baby will be okay. Most importantly you will both be okay because you will both be happy and not dreading the next feed. All the best super mumâ¤2 days ago · 5
Abby SauerI'm not sure how many others have suggested it but I'd definitely get bub checked for ties. My son had posterior tongue tie and upper lip tie and my nipples were shredded. It was agony.
Whatever you decide re feeding get some support from the ABA or an IBCLC (the milk meg and other do Skype consults if there isn't one in your area). All the best2 days ago · 2
Lucy PhelanIt definitely gets easier, they say breast feeding is fully established at three months... I had inverted nipples and I had trouble getting him to latch so the hospital gave me a shield. It kept coming off during feeds or heâ€™d knock it off when I was trying to latch him. So I tried getting him to latch without it. He wouldnâ€™t. I kept going and eventually he latched without the shield. Then I had an extremely painful let down which made me feel like my breasts were on fire, thankfully that only lasted a 8 weeks. My nipples were super sore but the skin toughened over time. He had colic, but that stopped when I stopped using the shield and stopped eating milk and soy for 2 months until his digestive system was able to handle it. Now Iâ€™m 3 1/2 months in and everythingâ€™s perfect. Now I just have wiggling, fidgeting and babbling with his mouth full to contend with. If you have your heart set on breast feeding then persist for at least three months or switch to pumping (pumping regularly for 5-10 minutes should also increase your supply). If you canâ€™t go on anymore then switch to formula and be proud that you got this far. Never feel ashamed. Above all, your and your childâ€™s health is important.2 days ago · 3
Shantelle BrownYou can do it ðŸ™‚ I mix fed because it gave me a break from sore nipples! Ended up that she had a tongue and lip tie and I went through 16 weeks of excruciating pain, I got through it and still breastfeeding a year later.
It gets better I promise! Maybe get ur Bub checked for a tongue and lip ties too.
I also suggest lactation bickies that help produce more milk ðŸ™‚ I take them during my period when I'm not producing as much.
Or have a Lactation consult it will help a lot2 days ago · 1
Allison RobinsonDefinitely seek a lactation consultant, it sounds like your Bub could have a tongue tie! Donâ€™t give up breastfeeding!!!! We had the same problems and Bub wasnâ€™t gaining weight. I had his tongue tie lasered at 5 weeks and everything got better. Try and pump after every feed to boost/keep your supply and even try to give your baby some top ups with the expressed milk. Good luck! And it WILL get better xx2 days ago · 1
Lee KennawayMix feeding or formula feeding is ok still.
I stopped breast feeding my son at 3 months and switched to formula because he wasn't getting enough from me and I felt comfortable that he got breast fed for the first few months.
You could try getting some rite aid gel nipple shields. My daughter is 3 weeks old and I had cracked, bleeding and very sore nipples and they cleared up in no time and were very soothing. I have also read that nipple shields can help too ðŸ˜Š
Have you thought about seeing a lactation specialist? Your hospital should be able to help you or your paediatrician or gp
Good luck and if you do formula feed it is ok. You're not failing at all. ðŸ˜Š2 days ago · 1
Lizzie HodderIt's the hardest thing to get your head around. We had a few problems too and the whole 'breast is best' really played a horrible part in my mental state.
We introduced formula at around 4-5 weeks and mixed fed and I've just finished up expressing for good Monday just gone.
Bub is now 3 months.
I honestly feel the hugest weight off my shoulders and she's absolutely thriving on formula.
We gave her the best start we could to life so I'm proud I made it as far as I did with breast feeding/expressing.2 days ago · 4
Rhiannon GraingerI can empathise, my first born and I had a tough start to our breast feeding journey, split nipple, bleeding, ductal thrush ouch ðŸ˜« and extremely long feeds, we were a mismatch for about the first 8 weeks. I found and brilliant lactation consultant, had bubs reviewed and a few treatments with an osteopath which helped the latching enormously and I took blessed thistle and fenugreek to maintain my supply in this very stressful time. Then it all got easier and enjoyable, she breast fed for 2 years. my second born the mismatch stage lasted about 10 days anx she feed until 21 months and the 3rd about a week and she is still very much attached at 2 and a bit, not sure how I will get her off yet ðŸ¤”.
So it is hard and it is about both of you, we can only do what we can do! I hope whatever you choose you get to enjoy this crazy time with your newborn.2 days ago
Janna-Marie RupÄ“My bub is nearly three months old and has been mainly breast fed to begin with. Last three weeks I have been switching to some formula feeds esp before bed as he sleeps better I have fenugreek tabs that keep up milk supply n express a bottle when I miss a feed so milk doesn't dry up my goal is to breast feed through night as its so much easier and formula through day he's a tad constipated with the formula as breast milk has a natural laxative effect and not as solid and the poos have changed from mustard to green. The benefits are amazing from breast milk the baby builds up immunity to colds and flu you don't get sick while feeding no periods! Even if u can just do one breast milk feed a day and formula feed the rest bubs still getting some good stuff2 days ago · 1
Lesley HardmanHave you tried nipple shields? I had the same problem on one side. Horrible cracks and bleeding. I tried a nipple shield at 6 weeks for 2 weeks and completely healed and no longer any issues. Been breastfeeding for 14 weeks now. You do what feels right for you and your baby. If that if formula, do that. It's important you are happy, so bub feels comfortable too. All the best :)2 days ago · 1
Buber BangI had issues breastfeeding, with supply, I mixed fed for a while (tried to breastfeed her then I would bottle feed her express milk and then formula if there was no breastmilk left). It was exhausting, I was so drained and had had enough, so I switched to formula and gave up on the breastfeeding. I didnâ€™t have the energy to try anymore, I still feel guilty that I donâ€™t breastfeed her because I know that it is better for her, but if I was still doing what I was, I think I would have gone crazy!2 days ago · 1
Lydia DavieI felt the same way. Did my very best to breastfeed through the pain of bleeding and cracked nipples. Ended up expressing until she was 8 weeks old and then decided to switch over to formula. The day I chose to do that I was so upset and cried on and off for almost 2 weeks. Once I got over all of the unnecessary guilt I felt SO much happier and like I could enjoy my baby girl. She also was a way more settled baby (I guess because I was more settled) Whatever you decide to do, just remember that you are an amazing mother and there is no wrong way to feed your baby ðŸ’œ2 days ago · 3
Allira MaughanExactly the same thing happened with me. But I pushed through and now love breast feeding! It does get easier trust me, but don't feel as though you need to breast feed if you don't enjoy it or continue to have troubles ðŸ˜Œ2 days ago · 1
Caroline KhalloufThis helps to prevent any further damage n aids in healing the skin.
I used this with my second (who cluster feed on day one for 4 hours straight.. yes you read that right) it helped heal the cracking skin & bleeding. Magic stuff & allowed me to continue to EBF for 6 months.
Secondly, congrats on making it this far! Those first few weeks can be sooooo challenging with BF ESP when you're also dealing with exhaustion & the emotional roller coaster of motherhood.
If you feel you're at your breaking point & can't continue, then please do what is best for you. Your emotional well being is equally as important as bub'S.
However, if you have a little steam left in you, persist with mixed feeding for as long as possible bc it allows for that bonding you crave & also gives Bub access to doses of antibodies found in breastmilk that cannot be replaced through any other source.
Pumping at diff intervals throughout the day can help to increase your supply naturally. Personally when I mix fed, with my first, I used to breastfeed over night as it's believed to help maintain supply & once at lunch & formula feed otherwise. Bubs got the best of both worlds, I maintained the emotional bond BF allows & reaped the health benefits too whilst giving my breast & sore nipples time to heal.
You may also find this method helps you get some downtime bc someone you trust can bottle feed Bub while you rest or go out for some normalcy.
Good luck with what ever you decide.2 days ago
Jessica HirstItâ€™s okay to express and bottle feed to give yourself a break and all the sore bits a chance to heal a little. I did it with my first from around week 3 when the pain was anxiety inducing and I was dreading her waking up for a feed (and I know her latch was right), we went of for 10months doing a combination of breast feeding, expressed bottle, and introduced a formula bottle at 7months when I went back to work. I have just started with my second whoâ€™ll be two weeks tomorrow.2 days ago
Jenna Louise TrewinI had latching issues with my first ad damaged nipples which after a few apts with lactation consultant n a couple of weeks of pumping were fixed n we fed for 14 months. My second had latching issues thrush oral and nipple. Cracked nipples. N she wasn't getting much from me. I desperately wanted to breastfeed but my baby wasnt thriving she was unsettled and I had pnd swapping to formula was a hard decision but she was a whole new baby she was happy and settled n gaining weight. It's up to you if you don't wanna give up see a lactation consultant, get something to boost your supply. Fenugreek lactation cookies motillium all help to boost supply. And demand feed. The more you feed the more you make! Or even pumping between feeds to stimulate. But if you just can't do it anymore thats ok too. Theres no shame in formula feeding. They both have their pros n cons in the end as long as baby is fed and happy thats all that matters. Do what's best for you n your baby2 days ago
Jess PlunkettHey mumma, your symptoms sound like your little one is tongue tied! It's really hard to find a knowledgable provider to help so if you want to continue breastfeeding and need help finding someone reach out! There is lots of great support available, it's just tricky finding it. Xx2 days ago
Marie Claire AnleyWe struggled for the first 4 months as baby wasn't able to take enough from breast. I would feed, express and top up. I was very lucky as we had visitors to help. Finally we re at a point where I don't need to express but it was an exhausting journey to get here. Whatever you need to do to get through, do it. Don't give up on breast feeding if you still want to continue it in the future, even if you're mixed feeding. It does usually get easier. Make sure that you're taking care of yourself by eating enough and keeping your iron levels up. Whatever you decide to do, remember that it's your baby and your choice, and don't let anyone tell you any differently!2 days ago · 3
Kymberley HoganDef see an LC. It is hard, youâ€™re both learning and bibs is still young and could be falling asleep at the breast and not getting enough. Itâ€™s good to get reassurance from someone who can help. But def keep up the mixed feeding so buns is getting fed enough. Breastfeeding is supply and demand so keep breast feeding first with a formula top up Until you can work out what is going on. All the best you are doing an amazing job!2 days ago
Jess IcaI too am struggling! My baby is 8 weeks also, latching and weight gain issues. I too have been persisting for weeks now but I'm burnt out and miserable so I have made the choice to slowly wean him onto formula and already feeling happier. Your not alone2 days ago · 3
Jessica BartlettI breastfeed and give formula. But just remember every baby is different and you go with the flow with what you feel is best and works for you, any doubt never hesitate to talk to child health nurse.2 days ago
Andrea TreloarI breastfed my Bub till she was about 3 months. Towards the end of the 3rd month I felt she wasn't getting enough so started formula feeding. She was very happy. But it's not for every child2 days ago
Laura JagersmaI struggled at the beginning. My little one had a tongue and lip tie so once they were all fixed it gradually got better. I highly recommend getting a lactation consultant. She helped me with the correct latching and just to gain confidence as well. It took about 6-8 weeks for me but it does get better. My little girl is just over 5 months and I now really enjoy feeding. It's such a nice bonding time. I hope it gets better for you. If you have to stop bf then you have given it your best shot. Having a happy mummy and baby is the most important thing. Good luck2 days ago · 1
Gaby PizzingaHi Ashley, I think everyone struggles with breastfeeding at some point from what Iâ€™ve heard in mum circles. I struggled with it and like you I got to the point where it was totally consuming, not happening and I wasnâ€™t enjoying my baby. I knew the benefits and I wanted it to happen for us but it simply wasnâ€™t. I found it really sad that there was very limited literature or info on formula feeding when what youâ€™re experiencing is so very common. I switched to formula feeding exclusively around the 13 week mark and honestly personally feel so much better for it and my little one is a happy healthy baby! I think you need to do whatâ€™s right for you in terms of how long you decide to continue however know if you decide to switch to formula there is a whole network of mums who are in the same situation and your baby will still be fed which is the most important thing ðŸ˜€2 days ago · 1
Victoria MikulaIf you havenâ€™t yet I would suggest contacting ABA for some advice/assistance www.breastfeeding.asn.auIt sounds like you donâ€™t want to completely stop so if you havenâ€™t contacted them yet it may be the perfect time ðŸ˜Š2 days ago · 2
Amy FrenchPlease do not beat yourself up if you decide to formula feed, formula is not the devil! It is an amazing resource we have in this day & age to feed & nourish our babes. I struggled with the same issues as you with my first, I persisted for 5 months but used to cry before each feed & started to resent my little man. I was just sore & exhausted ALL the time. I wouldn't wish that on anyone as it took so much away from being able to enjoy him. Fed is best. Do whatever is right for you & your little one. You are not a failure! And who knows what will happen in the future for you, I thought I would never be Able to bf my babies after my first, but I'm 4 months in with my 2nd bub and have had none of the issues I had first time around. You are doing great x2 days ago · 1
Ash RitchieI really struggled and could only do it for the first 8wks... I felt like a massive failure but the best advice I was ever given was formula for babies wouldn't exist if it wasn't good... my son is now 2 and u wouldn't know the difference!!! It was by far the best decision I ever made!!! I say do whatever will make u happy and enjoy her!!! â˜ºï¸2 days ago · 1
Lara CachiaI struggled with my first, I bf for 2 weeks but it was painful and he just woke up consistently for more I think using me as a dummy. So when I wasnâ€™t bfâ€™n I was pumping. I was getting like zero sleep and by 2 weeks I was feeling miserable and crying constantly as it just didnâ€™t seem like it was working I decided to give up and keep my sanity. It was the best choice for me as I felt so much better afterwards (after getting over the slight guilt) Iâ€™m expecting no 2 soon and plan on trying again but again if it doesnâ€™t work out, I know my sanity is the most important as babies thrive on formula too. Good luck x2 days ago · 1
Moni PerezI found moogoo mudder udder balm AMAZING and fixed any damage to my nipples.. I ended up pumping and found I was able to give my bun the milk without so many issues. Good luck!!2 days ago
Jessica DevenyI felt awful both occasions I stopped bf with my two sons. I found it to be very time consuming and very demanding on me physically. I also had cracked nipples and trouble with attachment. In the end I had to weigh up what was better for me and my baby and put my guilt aside. Your baby will still thrive and be a beautiful little happy bub on formula so donâ€™t feel bad at all. Enjoy your baby xx1 day ago
Ashleigh PerdriauI had the same at the beginning, so now I exclusively feed him expressed breastmilk. It is much less painful and a happier experience for both of us2 days ago · 2
Lisa Marie WoolfordIt does get easier ðŸ˜ðŸ˜i struggled with the same but my daughter also had reflux and a tongue tie i persisted and got through and ended up feeding my daughter till she was 14 months and she self weaned. You will be surprised of actually how much milk you do have and it will only tale two days for your supply to pick up there are alot of women who give up because they feel that they dont have enough milk supply. If you want to keep going maybe try a breastfeeding drop in center and get help and advise but if you cant go on any longer and go to bottle feeding thats ok too at the end of the day FED IS BEST i know that if you mix feed it will decrease your supply2 days ago
Jess KateAs others have said, please see a lac consultant or contact your local ABA (Australian Breastfeeding Association). It sounds like you really want to BF, just need some support and direction. At this stage it shouldnâ€™t hurt, there may be a tongue or lip tie like my Bub. So definitely get some guidance, see a GP lac consultant, that way if you need some Motillium they can prescribe it for you. Best decision I made to get some help xx www.lcanz.org/find-a-lactation-consultant/2 days ago
Naomi RuddlesdenI have had the same issues as you and had to mix feed due to bubs losing too much weight early on. He is know 5months old and we still mix feed. I used to cry when he would latch I dreaded feeding time. But now I'm so glad I kept at it. It's good that he is getting breast milk even if it's only abit it makes a difference! Plus the bonding is a beautiful feeling as they get older. My only regret is I didn't wean him off formula earlier. I feel like it's too late now. Get bubs checked for ties just incase and keep at it! You are at the hardest point now it will get easier.2 days ago
Melissa IrwinThereâ€™s lots you can do to try resolve the problem. I ended up choosing formula at 3 weeks but I had more then one problem contributing to BF issues. It is extremely hard work and definitely not something Iâ€™m going to attempt with #2. I felt like I was â€˜on callâ€™ all the time and had anxiety about being out in public having to feed him. It wasnâ€™t until I switched that I actually started enjoying feeding time because before that I would cry every time I knew I had to feed him.
I would talk to a lactation consult as bubs could have some tongue ties which could be why your nipples are so sore. You can also get medication to help your supply if you feel itâ€™s lacking. A good pump helps as well. Lots of water and if you like oats they are excellent and milo. All the best x2 days ago
Kelly van der WaltAshley, first of all you are doing an incredible incredible job! Itâ€™s not easy and I also battled so much. I donâ€™t know why but I always really really wanted to BF. I mix fed which was awesome and worked well, then I wanted to try and increase my milk supply cause the more formula I gave her the less milk I got, my supply was very low. I started double pumping, tried many different things that I would be happy to share with you. My milk supply is back 100% (and I only feed her from my one boob). I think you need to decide if itâ€™s something you REALLY want to do or not. If not, carry on mix feeding or switch to formula. Do what works for YOU!! If you are happy, then your baby will be baby. The right way is YOUR way. Xx2 days ago
Brooke AranhaHey ðŸ™‚ I struggled with BF as my little guy had a severe tongue tie. I so wanted to breastfeed and I was determined but unfortunately my body decided otherwise and my milk dried up. It was hard for me to get past it mentally but all I had to keep reminding myself that all that matters is that he has a full belly no matter how he gets it. Once you can get past i, it does get much easier ðŸ™‚ hang in there Mumma you are doing great! X2 days ago
Sarah-Joe WilliamsI went through this and ended using a nipple shield. All the nurses told me it was due to a tongue tie but its not. My little man just has a high pallet. He is now 5.5 months and just decided not to use the shield and everything is goimg well
Your also at the stage where you will feel like you don't have much milk due to the growth spurts. Try making your own lactation cookies to get your supply back up.
Good luck.1 day ago
Chibi RutlandI had a lot of problems (milk supply was never an issue, I have an over supply) when my daughter was born. She was premature and didnâ€™t have the latch reflex, I got severely cracked and bleeding nipples to the point I literally cried and had shoot stabbing pain up and down the side she was feeding on, I would tense up so bad when she latched and couldnâ€™t relax the entire time etc. that went on for weeks until I eventually decided to feed one side until the other healed, Iâ€™d express out of the side I wasnâ€™t feeding from and every second feed or so, Iâ€™d give her the Expressed milk to give my nipples a break, and Iâ€™d massage paw paw or linolin nipple cream into them both. It took about 2-3 weeks to heal and I didnâ€™t have another problem after that.
You do what you think is the best for your Bub ðŸ™‚2 days ago
Vanessa HuddyMy bub is also 8 weeks. I too struggled. She never seemed full, happy or content. Would feed for over an hour straight and still not full. So i started top ups on formula and realised we were just both more happier when she was on formula. I was upset that it didnt go txt book for me with the whole breastfeeding, but in the end we are both so much happier now. And she is a chubba bubba and striving off formula. Xx2 days ago
Jessica FranovIt does get easier. I remember crying every time I latched my son because I was in total agony but Iâ€™m glad I persisted and it did get much better. Still, there is absolutely nothing wrong with calling it a day with breastfeeding, happy mum = happy baby.2 days ago
Alicia MyhillI struggled to BF When I had my bub coz I have flat nipples so she wouldn't latch. I started using nipples shields coz my nipples were cracked and bled all the time aswell and it was time consuming trying to pull nipple out for her to latch on. My bubs is now 4 months old and going well still use them. People may disagree with me using them but it sure does work for me and bub.2 days ago
Melinda GodfreyI had the same issues breastfeeding qith both my boys.. both were fully formula fed by 2 weeks.. oldest is 4 youngest is 9 weeks.. as soon as i went to bottles me and bub were so much happier.. dont let it make you feel bad if you swap to bottles. Both my boys are perfectly healthy and thriving on formula!! Good luck either way!!2 days ago
Cassandra GarnerI had very similar issues, I ended up exclusively pumping & managed to get to 6months. I was never a great milker so barely covered her feeds per day but I persevered & am pretty proud of myself as I was unable to BF my 1st. She was still mixed fed as I would take formula on outings & top her up as needed. Its ok to feel exhausted & done. & if you go to formula that is ok too. Good luck whichever way you go & don't beat yourself up either way x2 days ago
Kristy GoodMaybe hire a pump and express milk for bottle feeds so your nipples can have s rest. Also using nipple shields can help. Good luck!2 days ago
Tyne ReidI struggled with this in the beginning until my son was diagnosed with a tongue tie and had it revised at 10 weeks. It is worth seeing a ibclc to check for issues before giving up completely if breastfeeding is what you want to do. Look up the milk meg, she is a great resource. Bub is 8 months and has 8 teeth now and neither of us will be ready to give up breastfeeding for a while yetðŸ˜ƒ2 days ago
Nicole RoweLactation consultant a must my sister had issues feeding her 3 rd baby and through lactation consultant we found Bub was tongue tide the paediatrician etc did not pick this up, after a little op Bub and mum doing fantastically2 days ago
Sari BatisteDefinitely speak to a lactation consultant about the latching/bleeding etc. I'm not an expert but breastfeeding shouldn't be painful especially for such a long time. Also try Pinky Mckay's boobie bikkies for help with your supply. Good luck and good on you for persisting ðŸ˜Š www.boobiebikkies.com.au2 days ago
Teresa VilchesI struggled with my son for a month and my daughter for two weeks. But it always got better and easier! See a lactation specialist if you can, also could bubs possibly have a tongue tie? If you want to continue doing it keep trying! If all fails theres nothing wrong with formula ðŸ˜Š2 days ago
Jessica Mary MacPhersonYou could try nipple shields! Also there will be many emotions even thinking about stopping bfing but you gota do what you have to :) nothing wrong with formula feeding. I understand how hard it is. I gave up at 4 months but i don't regret it at all x2 days ago
Kelly ManningYes I have struggled with all 3, started having the same issues and low supply within weeks of birth. Switched to formula and made a huge difference, kids were content after feeding. Yes I would've loved to bf but with all the issues it was best to move onto formula. I could actually function!! Good luck x2 days ago
Sasha JonesI'm 3 weeks in and hating the whole experience and am also mix feeding because of same issues. I'm also so close to just bottle feeding as I feel it's ruining my experience and enjoyment with my daughter as a newborn... You've done so well to get to 8 weeks ðŸ˜„2 days ago
Vanessa ClarkeI had a really terrible time the first time round. Milk took ages to come in (3 weeks fully) I formula fed in hospital, & had to express after every feed for the 3 weeks. Expressing to try to stimulate milk lasted up to 3 months until I had enough to EBF. My son had a tongue tie which we got fixed & torticollis (a condition with his neck which made it tight & it was really hard for him to latch to one side. This meant I had bleeding & excruciating pain for at least 4 months. I remember dreading putting him on & almost crying at the thought of doing it each time. I persisted & decided that if I got to 6 months & was really hating it I would allow myself to give up. Then one day it just got easier. All of the problems resolved themselves & when 6 months rolled around I had no thoughts at all about giving up. We EBF until 14 months.
Everyone's story is different. I had friends that milk came in straight away but were only able to maintain a supply until 6/9 months.
I think what we need to remember is there should be no guilt regardless of what the circumstances & how we choose to feed our baby. Go you for working so hard & feeding your bub for 8 weeks. If you are able to continue great, if you are not regardless of the way your baby is being fed she is being fed & that is all that matters. Good luck.1 day ago
Ashlie RobertsJust be careful about the comments to come, only thing Iâ€™m gonna say is happy Mum happy bub, if you feel you need to formula feed then do it,
My Bub is just formula fed and he is very healthy birth weight was 2.5kg and now at 6 months he is 7.5kg ðŸ˜Š2 days ago · 2
Sonya Michelle HultgrenIt sounds to me that you have battled so hard and well hunniepie. And the fact that you persisted even with cracked bleeding nipples and still have the issue.. Release yourself from this pressure that society puts on Mums and put bub fully on the bottle. Your a wonderful mum and have endured so much to do the best for your bub. (I guarantee all that say keep going with breast have not had your issues OK). Go bottle and enjoy your bub x1 day ago
Jessica LakinI had to give up after week three had the same problem
Milk was always there
Till it got to much for nips to handle
Stressed got to me I try to pump that wasnâ€™t successful . It brought me to tears I had to change to formula â˜¹ï¸ it was a bonding moment felt like our bonding time wasnâ€™t ever going to happen but it has in many ways walks, feeding,story telling
If you canâ€™t do it you canâ€™t do it less you try
Donâ€™t let the pressure get to you. Do whatâ€™s best for both of you2 days ago
Cindy MaughanFed is best .. you should be enjoying you bub time. I formula fed all my 4 kids including my now 6mth old who was preemie at 31weeks. Don't feel guilty you gave it your best.2 days ago
Abi AsorusDefinitely sounds like your having some issues that could be sorted out by seeing an IBCLC. If you still want to breastfeed facebook groups like breastfeeders in Australia could recommend an ibclc in your area. Good luck2 days ago
Kyra HughesHave you considered pumping and bottle feeding expressed milk?
It might help your issues and still give the benefits of boobie milk!
Also give boobie bikkies a go too to help with supply! ðŸ™‚2 days ago
Rebecca Louise-AnnI understand how u feel and I almost lost the battle to keep on being able to breastfeed an I was so upset that I wasnâ€™t able to feed him much An it was getting worse so I spent a week pumping an putting him to the breast as much as possible an eating lotsa Oates an drinking lotsa water An within that week my supply went up heaps An now Iâ€™m only using say 135 mls on formula every second feed iv accepted I canâ€™t feed him enough to satisfy him An thatâ€™s ok ðŸ™‚ donâ€™t give up yet I think women give up to early An regret it, ir does get easier, iv over come problem after problem An itâ€™s only been the last day 3 months that things r in a good way An I feel good for still breast feeding what I can An I love that bonding experience. If u feel u need formula An u think itl take a lot of stress off then do it so u can relaxe an enjoy ur baby, it can be over whelming, even just doing a bottle one feed An then breast feed the next feed so ur having a bit of a break. What works for me is when he wakes he has boobie an then before bed he has a bottle An if heâ€™s still hungry after bottle he has more boobie. Good luck2 days ago
Kerryn ThompsonDo what is best for you and your baby. If that means using formula then use formula. Mum needs to look after herself too. You're doing well.2 days ago · 1
Alicia ToonThese are the best. I thought with my second that Iâ€™d be fine. It wouldnâ€™t hurt. Nope. These worked amazingly. Keep them in the fridge too. Iâ€™m still feeding at 20 months.2 days ago
Kassia NorrisWeleda nursing tea really helped boost my milk supply. They also do a nipple cream that helps with cracked nipples. I have tried them both & found them beneficial2 days ago
Kerrell NottI stopped at 8 weeks and I'm happier than ever and my now 5 month old is thriving!Each to their own though u need to decide what's best for u and bub.2 days ago
Melissa O'ConnellFormula isn't the solution to a breastfeeding problem. Have you seen an internationally board certified lactation consultant? Has baby been assessed for oral ties? Who is supporting you with your desire to breastfeed? It is really hard and you need one on.one support from an expert. Please don't feel a failure. The whole formula industry is designed for mums to feel they fail2 days ago
Stacey AcklandUnderstand completely we have been here. This is screaming ties to me. Oral restrictions for bubs. Issue with latch/ positioning. An ibclc, is needed. get support From the aba. Give them a call or attend a local meeting.
We had similar issues once corrected things changed dramatically. They shouldnâ€™t be sore or bleeding.
Lcanz.org2 days ago
Regine KongWhile iâ€™ll say yes it gets easier, if you donâ€™t feel like doing it, then formula feed. It does NOT make you less of a mother. Imho, it makes you more a mother2 days ago
Kym RumboldI mix feed but found pumping to be easier then feeding her direct. Thatâ€™s the only reason I have continued till know, she almost 4 months2 days ago
Selina GalliganI had a lot of trouble breast feeding and the day we changed to formula was the best day for us so if you need to just do it.2 days ago
Maria RiaGo for formula feeding hun or combine with express BF. As long as your baby is fed, happy and growing well - AND you are bonding with your baby. â¤ï¸2 days ago
Kristina MareeHealthy Mum equals healthy baby. I had to give up due to PND. It was the best decision I made both times for my girls.2 days ago
Jessica BartlettFirst weeks or even months are going to be hard and so tiring, I can't believe I got through 12 months already now.2 days ago
Julie WilsonYou've given it a really great effort. Don't feel bad if you put her on the bottle. You should enjoy your baby.2 days ago
Jamie McClureMy son is just formula feed n he is more healthier n happier than someone's baby I know that is just breast feed2 days ago
Rosanna AbelaNipple shields are a life saver....donâ€™t think I couldâ€™ve done it without them!!1 day ago
Jemima TurnerHi mama-
Persevere if you can! It does get better x2 days ago · 2
Deanne HadeYou must get these two products! They were a life saver ðŸ‘Œ2 days ago · 2
Sarita LopezRuth Lopez esta pagina me ayudÃ³ mucho al principio. Hay buenos artÃculos ðŸ˜˜2 days ago · 1
Sally MarchGoing on 5 months here. It only started getting enjoyable around 10 weeks2 days ago
Kate CashinI struggled through 8 bouts of mastitis in the first 4 months and was hospitalised 3 times but I was determined to make it work and am glad I did. We also overcame ties, a weak suck, chronic ovwr supply and vasospasm. We're still feeding now and she is almost 22 months and I'm very proud we are so close to the WHO recommendation of feeding until at least 2. If you want to continue feeding I really suggest joining this group as there is a wealth of knowledge and experience amongst the members.www.facebook.com/groups/breastfeedersinaustralia/2 days ago
Laurissa WoodOmg Melissa Warda this is Malc. The open cupboards and nail clippings kill me... And they always seem to poop when its time to leave!1 day ago · 1
Marie KampferThe looking for clothes: absolutely. The empty toilet roll: yes. The putting empty milk bottle in fridge: 100%. All part and parcel of living with someone other than your mother or sister ðŸ˜‰ðŸ˜‰2 days ago · 1
Isabela MmasyIts so fun when i was watching this video and i was like this is my husband but then when i checked the comments i was i amazed by the taggs and moslty are women saying the same1 day ago · 1
Sarah Carmel SinghTushar Singh the clothes and leaving empty packets still in the pantry or on the bench ðŸ˜’ðŸ˜¤lol glad it's not just me hahahaha!!1 day ago
Nicole CallejaPG Cal they made this video too accurate...someones following you lol1 day ago · 1
Kylie DuffI *love* the Ergo for comfort, but it is not good in hot weather. 35degrees last Saturday and it was way too hot for me and my 4.5month old, even at 6pm. I've since bought a Hug-a-Bub ring sling that feels much cooler, but I haven't worn it on a really hot day yet.2 days ago · 1
Kathryn SharpI have the ergo 360 cool air and itâ€™s great, still using the infant insert which makes it a bit hot but once we stop using that it will be much cooler. Also I live in cairns and summer has come early and we are both quite comfy with it.2 days ago
Vanessa TayBabywearing will always be a bit warm due to your body against bub's. We used a LÃLLÃ‰baby complete Airflow in hot and humid Singapore. It was great!2 days ago
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