Koala class, breastfeeding and Christmas decorations at my maternity hospital

PIC_3747LO#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. 🙂

Baby chilling at the koala class. You can see the baby weighing scale in the background, for checking how much baby is getting each feed and for also checking their general weight.
Baby chilling at the koala class. You can see the baby weighing scale in the background, for checking how much baby is getting each feed and for also checking their general weight.

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. 🙂

Free sample of nappies and a booklet about newborns.
Free sample of nappies and a booklet about newborns.

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.

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    1. Not the way we celebrate in Europe, no, but they have their own twist on it. The biggest surprise to foreigners (who celebrate xmas) is that Christmas dinner is Kentucky Fried Chicken. I kid you not. Some marketing genius managed to pitch that one just as Xmas was being adopted in Japan and it stuck. Santa does come on the 25th, but its a regular working day here so parents go off to work afterwards. The kids are on school holidays so they don’t need to be anywhere. And once the 25th has passed all the attention shifts to New Years which is the bigger celebration here.

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  1. Hello
    The koala class sounds very useful and I like that it is free PLUS you get awesome Merries samples.
    And how beautiful is that tree in the foyer? Times like this I kinda wished I was living in Japan instead (not for the tree but for the welfare and support).

    1. Hello! Sorry I am only responding now, but I only saw the comment now. Thank you for commenting 🙂 Yes, the welfare and support here is much better than my home country, Ireland, and there is so much for kids to do. Keiai displays are always very beautiful. Soon they will put up their Hina Matsuri (Dolls Festival) Dolls, they are really impressive. Here is just one tier. Hina Matsuri Dolls at Keiai Hospital

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