All of the advice you will continue to receive throughout your parenting career and you are still left feeling lonely and unsure where to begin. I'm here to remind you that you are not alone.
Below are links and some resources to guide you through a few of the struggles you may not have anticipated prior to becoming a parent.
Postpartum depression can be very overwhelming and isolating. Postpartum anxiety can be feelings of irrational fear or exaggerated worry and usually involves worrying over an extended period of time usually following childbirth. Both of these can require immediate medical attention. Keep the lines of communication open and speak to your partner, a trusted friend or family member and call upon your family physician if you think you have any symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety
If you need additional maternal mental health support please reach out to me directly and I will connect you with a suitable therapist.
Below is a link to information for parents from Canada's paediatricians on sleep safety. Both my boys were born premature and were at a greater risk of injury and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Safe secure sleep is so important.
By understanding the total amount of sleep your baby needs within a 24 hour time period you can better prepare yourself for nap-time, bedtime and every time in-between.
Download my pdf wake window guide and save it for future reference.
Below is a link to Feeding Littles. Meghan and Judy created Feeding Littles and can help teach you to Feed Your Kids with Confidence. They offer online courses and resources for caregivers of babies, toddlers, and kids. While starting solids will not guarantee more sleep having this link as a resource will help you feel safe introducing finger foods to your infant.
Before you gave birth did you even know you could exclusively pump? It was not something I was informed of then but out of necessity I pumped for both my boys when they were fed through an NG tube in the NICU.
Find out more about exclusively pumping and follow Tamari as she gives you the information you need to make informed decisions about pumping . She will empower you to feel confident, to stop guessing and start rocking each pump. Be in control of your pumping journey; whether you chose it, or it chose you.
One of the most important skills a new parent must learn is how to feed their baby. Working with a lactation consultant is one of the best ways to learn how. Visiting a lactation consultant can help your family learn how to feed your newborn by breast/chest feeding or other appropriate methods when needed.
I recommend contacting the hospital you gave birth at if you need additional 1:1 support postpartum from a lactation consultant or book a private session. I highly recommend Azura from Azura Infant Feeding Support.