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    Default How to manage important appointments & a newborn?

    Im due in a week & a half now & I was just wondering once the baby is here how long it will be before I can leave bubby with DH & go out if its breastfed? Im planning to try & express but what do I do if I cant?

    I really need to continue seeing my psychologist as my anxiety is getting worse again, but I dont think I can take a newborn to an appointment - particularly if its screaming & im getting stressed etc.

    I also want to see a psychiatrist about medication but obviously I have the same issue there.

    I dont want to leave it too long after baby is born before continuing treatment cause im concerned about affecting the bond with my baby & develping ppd.

    Im just trying to figure out if & when I should get a referral to a psychiatrist etc

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    You can definitely take a newborn with you x I took my DD to all my psych appointments when I was struggling with PND. People understand that a newborn needs to be with their Mum.

    My daughter is 9mo and I still take her most places with me... Except work really!

    If you do want to leave bub though, I found with both of mine it wasn't that easy until my supply had stabilized and they were in a bit of a routine, so I knew I could duck out for 2 hours and be ok. I always tried to have a decent stash of EBM but it's not always easy.

    But if it's taking a newborn with you, don't worry about it. Between my two I have taken them to a wedding, funeral, countless appointments and school functions. I had a stretchy wrap with DD2 which helped because she slept most of the time and I could discretely breastfeed if needed.

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    Most therapists will let you bring the baby so you can breastfeed through the appt, etc making it less stressful as you won't worry about them. I know mine did. In the beginning they'll sleep anywhere and all the time so I found it much easier to get out and do things rather than now (19 weeks) when he's on more of a nap routine and won't sleep outside of his cot!

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    You can def take bub with you. If it would be easier for you to focus on appointment you could take hubby and he could take bub for a walk and just knock on the door if bub needs a feed.

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    I always took DD to appointments with my psychologist and any other appointments I had. People understand with a newborn, especially professionals who deal with new mums regularly.

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    Cool thanks ladies, I'll make a psychologist appointment for a few weeks time then & I'll also get a psychiatrist referral

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    Baby goes too

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    I've taken either or both kids to most things inc doc appts, centrelink, Medicare, weddings, funerals, parties etc. under 6mths they go everywhere with me. Only after starting solids around 7-8mths do I leave them with dad or grandma.

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    Try wearing bub in a sling or wrap to the appointments, they will more than likely just sleep

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Be careful with the sling - quite a few neonatal deaths have occurred due to those.......
    What is with all the sling bashing going on here atm? It's a bit drastic. If you wear your baby correctly they are 100% safe.

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