Hi mum! I know you are in the middle of a wonderful dream, enjoying a sunny vacation on an exotic island and yes, that seems to be me in your dream, perfectly silent, wearing some totally spotless designer outfit. I am swinging quietly in a white baby hammock floating gently over a beautiful lush tropical garden. It is so quiet mummy – where is everyone?
Pregnancy has three trimesters, but newborn babies are so small and vulnerable that for them, the first few months of life outside the womb are truly a “4th trimester” of pregnancy. For new mums, welcome to this new trimester of motherhood!
For the first six months of life, a baby does not need any food or drink other than breastmilk – it is the perfect food! However, around six months of age, babies tend to become curious about solid food.
One of the biggest preoccupations for new mums and dads is trying to figure out how to get a baby to sleep. It is true that infants sleep a lot – but not always when you want them to! Some babies sleep through the night from an early age, while others are restless, irritable sleepers who require constant soothing and breastfeeding throughout the night.
When you think about it, breastfeeding is an amazing process! For starters, breastfeeding is the only way to give your baby the unique rich blend of nutrients and immune-boosting elements that provide life enhancing benefits. Even the process of breastfeeding is fascinating.
If you are a new mum, there are really only two things you need for a successful breastfeeding initiation – your baby and your breast. Mother Nature has provided a foolproof model for you to follow and there are no extra products or services needed at the beginning. What you decide to add to your life in order to make things more comfortable and convenient is up to you.
It is a fact of modern motherhood that so much of our daily life is infused with feelings of guilt. A word that has such negative connotation, guilt can be negative and manipulative, and even paralyzing if you allow guilt to dictate your daily decisions. In fact, too much guilt can become not just a “feeling,” but also an all-encompassing way of life.
Milk will be coming in and enlarging and filling your breasts anywhere from 24 hours to 80 hours after birth, but the most common time for milk to come in is around 60 hours.
For most mums if their baby is feeding well and frequently the breasts will become fuller and heavier but probably won’t become engorged. So what does engorged actually mean?
Once you are accustomed to the basics of expressing breastmilk, you might want to look for new ways to make expressing a bigger part of your life and extend the convenience of this way of feeding your baby.
We recently sat down with the lovely Eliza from Twingenuity. She has been an inspiration, giving birth to the lovely Charlie and then finding out she was pregnant with twins just 6 weeks later. She is now juggling three kids under two and we asked her how she does it!