How I practiced self-care (as a mom and a doula) to get through a really hard month

Instead, in sharing our stories, we can start to see and appreciate that these difficulties trip all kinds of moms up, whether you’re a new mom or experienced mom, whether you have plenty of help or are kind of on your own. Stories can help us cope with the stress and manage our expectations, and in sharing mine, I hope you won’t feel so alone in your experience.

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Basics of Breastfeeding Support

Just because breastfeeding is supposed to be natural or instinctual does not mean it is easy or pain-free, but it can be! And you can learn the useful techniques that will get you to pain-free, worry-free, EASY breastfeeding! The important question is not, “will I figure this out?” but instead, “who should I talk to for help?”

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Basics of Breastfeeding

Most babies seem to latch on to the breast instinctively, but not always correctly! A proper latch is often a learned skill! It’s really important to get help in the first few days to learn what a good latch should look like and feel like.

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Meet the Expert: the Sleep Consultant Edition

It’s crazy because even with the amount of resources and information out there, parents still feel like they’re winging it! And I was the same way! I took a sleep class, I took a breastfeeding class, and I did all these things, but when you actually have the baby, it’s different! And so I feel like when I had her, I didn’t really know what to do. Nobody was telling me or helping me through this.

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More sleep? How?!

…keep trying those baby sleep tips because it will sometimes make you feel better and maybe something will work, but maybe just face it: your baby is not a sleepy baby. You won’t see it for several more months, but you, as the mother, will take a lot longer to recover from all this sleeplessness than he will, so do what it takes to get more sleep today and get through this newborn stage in good health. 

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e-cloth = magic

The bad news: that window was filthy!  And WHY was it so filthy? I’m not exactly a clean-freak (I think…), but WHEN were these windows washed last? Good grief!

The good news: these e-cloths are like magic! My yellow (dry) e-cloth didn’t pick up any dirt in the drying and polishing stage so the window got super clean! With just water! And also my excellent muscles!

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