The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time for everyone… and it’s likely that the list of visitors wanting to meet your new little miracle will be long.
You also want to show off your baby. But, how do you navigate the influx of well-wishers while you and your baby are getting to know each other and learning to breastfeed?
Hi, I’m Leah, a mum to two little babes, Eva (3) and a brand-new little bub August (4 weeks!)
We live in the inner west of Sydney. My pregnancies with Eva and August were so different. With Eva, I was pretty well most of the time (once I got through the first trimester). But, with August I was sick for the first 4-5 months! I also got to nearly 42 weeks with both babies.
Time sure flies when you’re a mother to a newborn. I can’t believe my baby is already two months old. It’s surreal to watch him grow every day and begin new movements such as cooing, babbling and simply moving his arms and legs. I’ve started to log Jordan’s actions and behaviours in a diary, which is great for following the growing stages of life.
Having a baby changes your body in ways that you didn’t think possible. Your tummy grows to accommodate your baby; your boobs start to feel like Dolly Parton and heck, even your pelvic joints and ligaments soften.
You haven’t had a drink of alcohol for nine months. You may have found abstaining from drinking while you are pregnant a walk in the park or you may have been counting down the days until you could pop the cork of the champagne bottle or unwind after a long day of feeding with a hard-earned glass of wine.
Firstly, let me share a little about my breastfeeding journey the first time around with Christie. As a first-time mum, I struggled the first two weeks with breastfeeding and latching done correctly so that it would be comfortable for both of us.
Mama, your body is amazing! You are growing and developing a tiny, perfect human.
During this time of rapid growth, your body undergoes a sea of hormonal changes and may leave you wondering what on earth is going on in there and why is it making you feel this way?
Some people are “lucky” and sail on through the first trimester with minimal symptoms while others can experience the full whack of ailments that pregnancy can bring.
Throughout my pregnancy, we have been speaking to our first born, Christie, about what’s happening. We explained how my tummy will be growing and how she will soon have a baby brother. We explained to her the process of when it’s time to have the baby, what’s going to happen, what her role will be and where she will be when it all happens.
Not every new mother has considered breastfeeding their baby, but, if you can, I say, why not?
There are so many articles on the Internet outlining the reasons why we should breastfeed our child. My own research showed me that breastmilk contains ideal nutrients for infants as it has the perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat, which helps your baby grow. I also discovered that breastmilk is easy for bub to digest compared to infant formula, which is great to know.
The information in this article is not intended to replace medical expertise. If you are concerned for yourself, or a loved one, please call lifeline, dial 000 or consult with your medical practitioner.
You may have heard about postnatal depression (PND) and the baby blues, but, did you know that perinatal anxiety and post-natal anxiety (PNA) is also very common? Up to half of people with antenatal anxiety also have antenatal depression.