Some mothers are concerned about the idea of going home before their “milk is in” or before breast feeding is “fully established”. By the time you are ready for discharge your milk may or may not be “in” or may be in the process of “coming in”. Pindara Maternity Unit staff aim to have you attaching your baby to the breast correctly and independently and to be able to recognise effective sucking by the time you are ready to go home.
Your lactation will take a few weeks to fully establish and will undergo numerous changes during that time in response to baby’s feeding pattern and needs.
For ongoing support when at home there are private Lactation Consultants available, Support Groups and The Australian Breast Feeding association. Contact details are provided on discharge.
You are also welcome to attend weekly or fortnightly visits at our Postnatal Clinic (up to 6 weeks of age) with an experienced Registered Midwife after you are discharged home from hospital.