When talking with expectant mums, I’ve always majorly under-played 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).
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
As soon as you discover you’re pregnant, there’s a world of adjustment that’s required and much of it is to be relished and delighted in. However, you may have been so enchanted by these that you haven’t considered the biggest and most imminent of changes to your lifestyle yet to come – when baby arrives!
I remember those first few weeks of motherhood feeling quite disoriented as I struggled to reconcile who I had become and what my new role in life was to be. I would later learn that this was quite a common experience, as a parent struggles with the many changes this new role brings. Read more