Like many mums I turn to parenting online support networks, websites, forums and apps to get information and support to help me on my motherhood journey. Some things have changed since my mum had me and have changed for me too since having little Miss with medical improvements and knowledge being more freely available now, sometimes it's easier to go online to quickly check something.
I like having information at my finger tips especially when it is after hours and no one is available to answer my questions. That said, I personally wouldn't recommend doing Dr. Google too much as it can worry you to bits and things might not be as worse as you think. I have done this countless times and worried myself sick for no reason! If something really worries me about little Miss or little Mister, I take the little ones to my GP (even if it turns out there's nothing), ask my maternal nurse for general queries or call an after hours service if it can't wait to the morning. I get peace of mind after receiving that support.
I have a range of online communities, websites, apps and services I turn to for information and advice. I am sure there are more out there and if you have any to add that might benefit other mums, please let me know in the comments section below.
Information is great but if the little ones aren't well, seeing a doctor is always a great idea. With the recent move to Sydney, I had to get a NSW GP and found that I can book appointments online or via their App with them which is very useful when little Miss' fever runs high and it's midnight and I need to book her an appointment for the next morning - takes two seconds and I'm guaranteed an early spot!
If you experience Baby Blues or something that lasts longer or feel anxious after having bub, talk to your maternal health nurse or GP. There is also the BeyondBlue website if you prefer to have a look at support in your own time.
As some of you may know, I recently had issues with my milk supply. I visited a Lactation Consultant at my early childhood health centre and she was very supportive in recommending ways I could improve my supply and managing two little ones and making sure I take care of myself. One thing I noticed in NSW and I am sure they have it in VIC, is a great range of options available for children and yourself like lactation consultants, physiotherapists, specialists referred by maternal health nurses where consults are free. I have also used a physio for little Mister and that has helped us tremendously.
Another great way to talk about your motherhood journey is joining a mother's group regardless of whether it is your first or second or third child it is a great way to meet mums in your area and share the journey with them.
One thing to remember throughout this new journey is that we are all different and that's what makes us so special! I have learned that since becoming a mum comparing yourself and your family to others is not healthy as everyone is different and what works for others might not work for you and vice versa.
Medela put together a video of mums in the social media space and asked them about their journey. It is a beautiful video that reminds us that our journey is unique and that we should be kind to ourselves.
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This post is a sponsored post by Medela and Kids Business however the information and views provided in this post are of my own research and experience. Services and websites outlined in this post are not sponsored in any way and are provided to assist mothers.