Different Tactics to Explore for the New Mother
Updated on February 21, 2022 | by Samara Davis
It’s Hard, But You Can Ease the Strain
There’s no sugarcoating it: parenthood is tough, you’re going to have difficulties. It’s also a beautiful process that will make you a better person, and lead to some of the finest joys of your life. There seems to be an inversely proportional relationship between how hard or unpleasant something is, and the ultimate good that can result from it. Parenthood fits that category.
If you’re about to be a new mom, you’re going to encounter some situations that may seem insurmountable; but if you are willing to try, you can overcome them. That said, there’s nothing wrong with supporting yourself through tools in advance. Here are three things you should consider to help you out as a new mom.
Available Medical Resources
Have that doctor on speed dial. You’re going to need a few different medical resources as a new mom; some for yourself, some for your child. As the old saying goes, it’s better to have something and not need it, than to need something and not have it. In that spirit, here’s a list of medical resources for a new mother.
Breastfeeding Best Practices
Something else to realize is that nursing your child won’t always come naturally to you. Sometimes your breasts won’t express, sometimes the baby won’t latch, sometimes you get a milk duct clog that leaves engorged breasts sore without providing the baby any milk.
How you position the child during feeding is an important part of the process, exploring different latch positions can help you find what works best for you and the baby. Also, follow the link for advice regarding other common breastfeeding issues.
Finding Parental Support Groups
If you’re a new parent, beyond friends and family, you need trusted resources in your community. There are plenty of parental support groups to choose from, follow the link for more information on that. Sometimes family and friends aren’t available during an emergency.
Parental support groups will have options in that scenario. You want multiple options on the table; as a parent, you’re now the responsible party.
Finding Balance as a New Mother
When you’re on a boat, it will take your time to get your “sea legs”. Eventually, the swaying of the boat won’t knock you from your forward course, because subconsciously, you’ve adapted. Big waves may still be troublesome, but the normal swaying of the ship will hardly be noticeable to you. It’s the same with being a mom.
If you’ve just given birth, it’ll take you a few months to get your “mom legs” under you. You’ll have to encounter and overcome diverse challenges and get used to the cycle.
To that end, it’s very helpful to have medical resources readily available, know best practices as regards breastfeeding, and find local parental support groups. Such resources help you get your “mom legs” despite the turbulent seas of parenthood.
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