We asked some of the mums in our boutiques across Australia to reflect on their experience of being a new mum - plus the best advice they were given, and who they leant on for support.
Bianca, Westfield Warringah.
Who do you lean on for support? My parents. I’m very fortunate to have them close by and ready to help out.
What is your biggest challenge? Finding my new identity as a young, single mum.
Kate, Westfield Chadstone.
Who do you lean on for support? I never how much I needed my mum until I was a mum myself. I still rely on her guidance and support.
What is your biggest challenge? To know when to let go and let them make their own mistakes.
Jean, Westfield Marion.
Who do you lean on for support? My mum and sister in-laws...I have 6 of them!
What was your biggest challenge in the early days? Breastfeeding my second child. My first child didn’t take to breastfeeding at all, so it was a whole new experience for me as a second time mum.
Brooke, Fountain Gate.
Who do you lean on for support? My mum and my Mother’s Group.
What was your biggest challenge in the early days? Sleep deprivation and reminding myself that I am doing a great job.
The perinatal period can be a rollercoaster of new feelings and experiences and sometimes mental health challenges can present themselves in surprising ways. If you need someone to talk to or you want to check in on how you are, PANDA is here.