The journey from day one to month one can be exhausting, yet immensely memorable. You need to keep your wits about you and mentally gear up to meet any challenge that comes your way.
As you plunge headlong to meet the demands of your baby, please keep your own body’s need and well being in mind too. Your health and diet will have a direct bearing on your baby and it is up to you to lead the way.
Breastfeeding is a process that needs time and patience. If you are not lactating enough, do not get worried and consider giving it all up. Eat well, relax and tell yourself that you can do it. Consult a lactation specialist if your baby shows signs of being underfed or dehydrated.
Consult your gynaecologist and the paediatrician whenever you face any issues or doubts. They know what you are going through, physically and emotionally, and are always there to help you.
Share your feelings and frustrations with your partner. He/she wants to be of help but has no idea how to go about it. Lean on him/her whenever you want and as much as you want to. Remember, both of you have created this miracle together.
It is advisable to have your family members around, and listening to some of the advice your mother or mother-in-law offer can be beneficial. They have raised children on their own and speak from experience. However, if you feel some of the advice is unacceptable, stick to your gut feeling. You are the mother, and your instinct will guide you in making the best decisions for your baby.
No matter how tough the situation may seem, be patient and persevere. In the long run, these moments will be some of the best memories you and your baby create together.