|Posted by Stacy on December 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM|
I know we have all heard the expression, "It takes a village." You may be wondering what this has to do with breastfeeding and a mother's success to breastfeeding, but from my experience as a birth educator and mother, it means everything to have others supporting you.
I recall when my daughter was first born and I found myself at home with her alone, I felt overwhelmed. You could say she was one of those fussy babies. I had to be with her constantly. Nothing in my home was accomplished. I found the most easiest of tasks the hardest to complete because I always had her with me. I had little time for eating, and forget showering.
However, I had some support that just happened to happen for me. I talked with my husband about not getting a shower and food. His first response was just let her sit in the bouncy while I showered, but he soon realized that at night or in the morning before he left for work, I was getting a shower. Also, he was amazing with water! I never realized that I would become so thirsty when nursing. So, before work, he would fill all my water bottles and set up some healthy snacks by the couch for me. He also started making me a sandwich to have for lunch. My good friend in Chicagoland came over to fold laundry for me and just to talk. Those two things just made me smile and helped me through those first few weeks and months as a new mother.
As a new mother, we have many emotions. Some new mothers will be happy and go with the flow while others find the journey into new motherhood a hard road. It is very important that when a new mother asks and seeks help and advice that she feels supported and nurtured. She should feel that if she is asking for help with her duties as a mother and partner that she feels supported and not judged.
I want to add too that new mothers do not just experience these feelings. All mothers have these feelings to some degree. Mothers who have their first, second, or whatever number baby will go through some change, and we as the village must come to her aid.
So, how do we as those support people offer help, advice, and nurturing?
When she calls you, just listen to her.
Bring meals and healthy snacks to her
List of contacts
Sleeping; deal with the changes
Categories: Milk Monday, Breastfeeding, Parenting Support
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