Motherhood which is the birthright of every woman on this earth, a feeling that is cherished and anticipated by every women, can sometimes become a nightmare, painful experience for some women. It can take the joy out of anyone who has been eagerly anticipated by the whole family.
Women who go through this should be aware of certain do’s and don’ts which can be of great use. Breastfeeding should start right after delivery unless indicated otherwise. Most babies get accustomed to a pattern of feeding and sleeping, which can be easily recognized, and must be kept, in mind. Breastfeeding must not be offered to pacify the moment the baby starts crying, because periodic and prolonged suckling can cause chapped and sore nipples. 15 to 20 minutes per breast per feed is a good thumb rule for comfortable breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding should be continued till the baby completes 6 months of age since it is very important for the overall development of the child.
Despite the best efforts of both family members and doctors, often some women get a feeling of their world falling apart. Feelings of hopelessness and detachment start to set in. These symptoms can be signs of ‘post partum depression’, which is a well-known condition that might occur in the first 6 months after delivery. This can cause problems to both the child and a mother if this condition is not diagnosed and treated aggressively. Motherhood and childbirth are completely natural and usually simple phenomena.
Minor bumps on the way should not deter women from enjoying it both thoroughly. They should take the help of both doctors and technology to make the experience as smooth as possible. For few of them who face difficulties in the first few months, just think of the fact that after the first 6 months you will be rewarded with hours of pure and unconditional love which will make all those sleepless nights worth it!!