[QUOTE=summastarlet;6499485]That breast feeding isn't as easy as what you imagine (well for me it wasnt). That it can hurt to start with and it can take both you and baby a little while to get the hang of it..but it is so worth it if you decide to persist!/QUOTE]
This!!! Breast feeding is hard! I thought it would come naturally....! Tell your friend to make a batch of lactation cookie dough & freeze it in readiness to bake once bubs is born, those cookies have been a godsend!
also, take the time out to just enjoy your baby. A bunch of factors inhibited me to do this-bubs is 6 weeks old now & I'm finally starting to enjoy him, but I feel like I missed the first 6 weeks cause I was stressing so much.
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13-04-2012 19:39 #41Senior Member
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13-04-2012 21:09 #43
Wow! Thanks everyone so much for all your replies!
There are some that resonate particularly with me and i'll pass on to her.
I never had the blood in the nappy with my two girls, but had our second vomiting blood! Freaked out till I realised it was from a tiny break in my nipple.
13-04-2012 21:11 #44
While it is good to teach your baby to self settle, you can do it gradually, and if your baby is really screaming you can go into them!! My DD self settled really well during the day but at night she would scream and scream, which I realised later was making her harder to put to sleep and was just stressing everyone out. Once I put her to bed more gently, really spending the time with her to make her feel safe and secure, going into her when she cried, nighttime wasn't so bad and she's now at the point where she can self settle.
Also, I will disagree with most of the PP and say other people can have really good ideas. If you are stuck with something don't beat yourself up and feel as though you should know the answer with your motherly instincts. Sometimes you won't have the answers. You won't magically have an encyclopeadia of knowledge in your brain as soon as you give birth. There are so many ways of doing things out there, pick people's brains, listen to their advice, then decide for yourself what you want to do.
I wish I leant on my husband more. I took over everything to do with DD because I didn't want to overload him as he worked full time. But I really regret that because now he has no idea what to do with DD and I feel like a single parent!
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13-04-2012 21:12 #45
Oh dear Lord, too much to mention. 2 kids later and it's still as much of a learning experience as it was at the start, just different challenges.
14-04-2012 08:04 #46
14-04-2012 08:55 #47
That breastfeeding doesn't always work out and theres nothing wrong with formula! That there's so much more to being a mum than how we feed our babies.
That it helps to have a bedtime routine from early on.
14-04-2012 09:55 #48Member
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No-one knows your baby better than you, so dont let anyone make u feel bad about your parenting. You know what's best for your little individual!
14-04-2012 10:07 #49
Thanks everyone, subscribing to re-read in 7 months!
14-04-2012 16:25 #50Senior Member
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That babies are so portable before 6 months so invest in a good carrier and get out and about while they're young. Going out to dinner or socialising is SO much harder when they're older and sleep better at home
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