The number one issue I deal with as a post natal doula is sleep deprivation! Let’s face it, sleep is a most basic human need, and we all, in the least, go a little loopy when we’re low on it. When I was having babies, my husband and I would refer to it as ‘wake torture’. And it was just that.
When talking with expectant mums, I’ve always majorly underplayed the extent to which their life is about to change.
Sure, there’s going to be lots of new joy, wonder, and excitement, but a newborn, by nature, can leave you a little rattled, scratching your head, wondering how the heck you got yourself here (although I’m sure your memory isn’t quite that bad).
If you’re asked how many weeks pregnant you are and you need to do a quick calculation, resulting in a ‘vague ball-park’ answer, this is likely NOT your first pregnancy.
At no point have I ever called me a staunch breastfeeding advocate.
When I was pregnant, I simply assumed that I WOULD breastfeed and that it would be as simple as that. A generally positive outlook on life (and the fact I was a little clueless) meant I never entertained the thought that breastfeeding could be difficult.
I was in for a rude awakening.
My early breastfeeding days would set the stage for cracked nipples, engorged breasts, infected milk ducts and a baby who would slip off, just when I thought I’d mastered her latch. Read more
*Photo used with thanks to Jes Jackson.
Early days with your new baby are super precious and as keen as you’ll be to show her off, you’ll need some clear boundaries to ensure you and your baby can thrive.
You’re gonna need your space, it’s crucial! but there will be a crowd of your nearest and dearest for whom, this is also a precious event. You’ll need to balance the two – and a delicate balance it will be! Read more