Information for New Parents


Most people find the chronic broken sleep that begins with a newborn very difficult to manage.  It is normal for a baby to wake every 2-3 hours for food (day and night) for many months.  In fact sleeping through the night a baby counts as 5 hours in a row.  Sleep has no secret recipe or perfect combination at this stage. Sometimes you’ll have an unsettled baby who is awake all day and other days may sleep so long you are checking on them!  

Simple strategies that can help manage this time include

  • leaving house work and resting (even if not sleeping) while the baby is asleep
  • recruiting friends and extended family to hold the baby while they sleep (very young babies often prefer to be held rather then go in a cot) – most people are happy to hold a sleeping newborn baby!

Child and Youth Health offer a settling session and day if you are having difficulty.  There is also an inpatient option for babies up to 12 months of age at Torrens House.  Child and Youth Health can refer to this.

The Baby Sleep website is run by the Paediatric Sleep Council, an international team of people with expertise in all aspects of sleep and development in young children.   It includes suggestions month by month up to 3 years of age.

Breast feeding
Breast feeding is a learnt skill for both mother and baby.  It can often be very difficult but should NOT be painful if the baby is correctly attached to the nipple.  Pain with breastfeeding is not normal.  An appointment with lactation GP consultant Dr Kasey-Lea Williams can assist with any problems.
Challenges with breast feeding can be related to 
-Breastmilk supply concerns
-Nipple and breast conditions
-Acute mastitis management
-Poor weight gain
-Allergy or breastmilk sensitivity concerns
-Tongue tie assessment and management options
-Unsettled baby behaviour
-Antenatal lactation plans
-Induced lactation and re-lactation
-Return to work while breastfeeding
-Weaning and commencing solids
Dr Kasey can also provide personalised antenatal lactation plans. 
The Australian Breastfeeding Association has a range of useful resources on their website as well as a phone number for advice.
Tongue Tie – anterior and posterior tongue tie

If you are concerned that your baby may have a tongue tie, please arrange an appointment with your GP.  They can assist in referral to a paediatrician or oral surgeon.

Pear Tree Family Practice does not recommend that you have a posterior tongue tie treated without review by an oral surgeon first