LO#4 had “koala class” this past Thursday. Koala class is conducted for the newborn at my maternity hospital 2 weeks postpartum. Basically, the midwives check Mammy and babies progress. They physically check on baby too. Mom’s physical isn’t until 4 weeks postpartum. At the class they address any concerns you have and check how breastfeeding is going. If the staff feel that your LO needs further examination you get called to see the Doctor who comes to the room half an hour after the class starts and sees people in turn. This check up is free. :-)
I could tell from the newly found double chin that LO was putting on enough weight, but it was great to get it confirmed. She’s already 4 kilos (approx. 8lbs8oz), that’s up 600 grams since the day she was born. I am delighted as often 2 weeks in, the baby is just returning to their birth weight. She is breastfed and I don’t have a baby weighing scales, but I could check on Thursday and she’s getting about 100 grams from me in one feed. It is easy to breastfeed in Japan as it is widely supported and encouraged with many free facilities and services for breastfeeding Moms in public spaces. The midwives at the koala class offer great guidance for new Moms and provide useful tips for veteran Moms on breastfeeding (among other) issues. They also check that the baby is latching on correctly and getting enough milk each feed. Koala class lasts about 2 hours. There is no present with this class, but sometimes you get a free sample of something. This past week we got a 3 pack sample of Merries nappies. :-)
I met two of my friends at the koala class, but in keeping with the Japanese tradition of postpartum confinement for a month, they headed home straight after the class. My husband and my 3rd child met me in the foyer and we took some photos at the lovely Christmas tree on display, before we too headed home.