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!
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.
Getting ready to have a baby – especially if this is your first child – gives you so many things to think about. There are several people to include in planning for the day of the birth: yourself, your partner, and of course, the baby on the way – and more if you have other children.
One of the most important things to do as you prepare for the birth of your child – whether it’s your first baby or whether you’ve done this before – is to create a “Birth Plan.”
Being pregnant with her second child, Sara, from Kids Magazine, has been reflecting on things she learned from her first breastfeeding experience. This time around, she is more aware of what to expect. She feels ready to face whatever challenges come her way with an open mind and positive attitude.