We visited our local hospital today for a final recap on my 9 year old son’s recent fainting for no reason episode. Still no real reason but we did find out that he doesn’t have epilepsy and he does have a defective heart valve- it doesn’t explain why he passed out in class and it won’t affect him until he is much older, but good to know none the less.

Apart from my son’s anatomical discrepancy yet otherwise clean bill of health- there were two points of interest for me in this visit. The first- Breastfeeding promotion in our hospitals rock now days. The second- Infection control is insane.

The paediatric clinic is right next to the maternity waiting room. I was pleasantly surprised to find this poster has appeared on the window sometime in the last 2 weeks.

Breastfeeding poster

Please excuse cameraphone photography, and put your glasses on if you have them.

Seriously, how wonderful is that? If every new mother goes home knowing she can feed her baby whenever she thinks it’s hungry- that’s half my breastfeeding counselling taken care of. If every new mother is not only given the old breast is best line but is also told that giving formula affects your supply and baby’s gut- well, that’s another wad of counselling taken care of and a fair few babies that I don’t see in my naturopathic clinic with gut problems or eczema. If every new mother knows she can cuddle her baby and enjoy skin to skin contact without fear of spoiling it- I will be talking to a lot less highly stressed, guilt ridden Mums. Yay!

It would be nice to see some info telling Mum’s that they don’t have to stop feeding on baby’s first birthday and that they can feed their babies wherever they want to, but WOW things have changed. When I had my first baby 9 years ago, he was labelled unsettled because he was feeding more than once every three hours. 7 years ago, I had midwives offering to take my 2nd baby to the nursery so that I could “get some rest”. All this info was available then, but not really embraced.

Now all they need are the resources to provide face to face access to a lactation consultant when Mum hits the hump and I foresee big changes in the still breastfeeding at 6 months and 1 year stats. This is a really good start as far I’m concerned and will go a long way to making healthier babies→ children→ adults.

So it’s bravo from me to Northern Sydney Central Coast Health- I do hope that this poster makes it to all maternity waiting rooms and it’s not just a local thing. Judging from the breastfeeding counselling I have done in the past month, it is really needed.

Point of interest number 2. We are in the obstetrics/paediatrics waiting room- pregnant Mums one side of the room, kids scaring the crap out of the pregnant Mums on the other. We go and sit where we usually do and the kids make a bee line for the toy box. I pick up a magazine and find out who’s hot and who’s not in 2006. We’d been waiting for about 20 minutes when I notice my baby playing with the magazines. A nurse comes over to me and says “It’s pretty sad that the closest thing to toy we can give the kids to play with is a magazine”.  I look up and give my head a mental cob web sweep and realise that something is wrong with this scene…

Use your imagiation kids

Use your imagination kids

She goes on to tell me that the health department has banned toys in hospitals. I found it kind of hilarious that they left the empty dolls house and the empty toy boxes. My boys ended up having more fun with the empty toys boxes than the toys that used to be in them.

Peekaboo

Peekaboo

What do think? Is this poster a good start? Not enough? Should toys be allowed back in hospitals? Leave me a comment, you know I love it. And while I’m begging, how ’bout a blogblessing? Then I can give you 2 entries to the blogblessing giveaway😉