Common Challenges Faced by New Moms
Some common problems and their solutions for first new moms.
Bringing up a baby is no joke. It is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs in the world. Have you just recently given birth or are about to? Don’t be anxious. Here are some common problems and their solutions for first new moms.
Breastfeeding or lack of it, is the number one stress factor for new moms. Why isn’t he latching on? Has she had enough? Is his stomach full? Why isn’t she walking for another feed? Calm down! For the first few weeks, you will need to wake them in 2-3 hours to feed because they can forget they are hungry.
If you are unable to breastfeed even if you tried your best, give them formula milk. Let the world judge for all they want, don’t waste an ounce of energy worrying about that!
Yes, it is extremely difficult to wake up after every 40 minutes at night. What you can do is try to catch a few snoozes while comfortably sitting against your bedpost by propping some pillows behind your back. Get a nursing pillow so that feeding becomes easier. Within 4 months, your baby will have a proper sleeping routine. Also, try to sleep whenever the baby is napping. This way you won’t get exhausted.
The Non-stop Crying
Why do they cry at the top of their lungs all the time?! This is something most first time moms find very hard to handle. See, babies don’t know what else to do. Imagine being thrown into a completely alien environment where there is too much space and where mommy is not with you every second of every day! You would become upset too.
Babies cry because they may be hungry, it could be a dirty diaper, they may be unable to sleep or simply because they want their moms to cuddle and console them.
It’s tough yes, but this mostly passes within 2-3 months.
Perhaps one of the most difficult things a first time mom has to do is growing up. Before having a baby, the honeymoon period hasn’t really ended. Even if you were working and have been married for a while, a baby is a different responsibility all together. It will take you some time, but you will get used to the added responsibility. Just take one day at a time and slowly ease into mommy hood. Be sure to continue talking to your husband as he is going to be your biggest physical and emotional support.
Divide them up. Now is the time to get the husband, the friends, the siblings and the inquisitive neighbor involved! Everyone wants to help with the baby right? Well ask them to perform some house chores for you, while you and the baby take that much needed morning nap after the all-nighter you both pulled. This is not the time to be shy or embarrassed, get all the help from everywhere you can.
If you are a mom to be who is going to give birth in a few short weeks, then make sure you have some food items frozen up. This way, all you will need to do is heat them up and gobble them down.