Pregnancy and motherhood bring about drastic changes not just in a woman’s body but also in her emotions, psyche, ability to think, and most significantly, her ability to love. As a mother, I have discovered a zillion new things about my personality after the birth of my baby. And no, I am not complaining, because I love this new ME even more! However, this kind of confidence and courage took time to come my way.
In the initial days as a new mother, I was a whirlwind of crazy emotions. I was anxious, daunted, nervous, scared, confused… The responsibility of taking care of another tiny little soul, who I was irrevocably in love with, was nerve-wracking. To make the situationtenser, every person around me bombarded me withconflicting advice related to baby care.
To breastfeed the baby or feed him formula milk
The disagreements began as early as day one. Whether to feed formula or breastmilk to my baby was a source of major discussion, even while I was still in the hospital. The doctor assured me I was lactating well and there was absolutely no need for top feeds for the baby. But my mother suggested I must ask the hospital nurse to feed formula to the baby so he feels full and sleeps better. My mother in law also insisted I feed formula at least a couple of times. But while my mother would ask me to feed formula in a bowl with a spoon, my mother in law suggested infant bottles. Whew!
My two mothers (my mom and my mother in law), who I thought would be my to-go-to people for advice, had different suggestions and opinions to offer. Imagine! I was still at the hospital and contradictory advice had already started!
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