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Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum

Becoming a mum is one of the best but also most overwhelming things you will ever go through. There tends to be a lot of focus around pregnancy and what may happen through the various stages, but there also needs to be plenty of conversation around what can happen once your baby arrives. To help make sure you don’t feel at a loss during the postnatal period, we have put together the following guide covering all the things you may not usually hear being discussed.

You’re not a failure if you struggle to breastfeed

Breast feeding vs. bottle feeding what's the real difference?
Signing can help you to know when your baby is hungry and they can ask for their milk.

Many mothers hope to be able to breastfeed and are sometimes taken by surprise by how difficult it is to master. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t manage to do it straight away. It can take a lot of getting used to for both you and baby. If you choose not to breastfeed, that’s fine too! There may be pressure around feeling like you should breastfeed or that you’re doing it wrong if you choose to use a bottle instead. But at the end of the day as long as you’re doing what is best for your baby and yourself, that’s all that matters- and sometimes that means bottle feeding.

You can claim compensation for birth injuries

Should you receive any injuries whilst giving birth, it may be possible to claim compensation. The injury could have been caused by numerous factors, such as failure to monitor mother or baby during labour, or a delay in medical assistance from midwives. If you’re looking to claim compensation and settlements, then read here to find out more about the legal process.

It’s ok to tell family and friends you need space

When you’ve just had a new baby it’s likely that all your family and friends will want to come and visit to see the new arrival, which is understandable. However, this puts a lot of pressure on new mums. When you’ve just given birth it’s normal to feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed, and you may just want to cocoon for a while with you and baby. Remember that it’s OK to tell people that you need a bit of space for a while, and that you don’t want too many visitors.

You don’t have to accept unsolicited advice

Both when you’re pregnant and when you’ve got a newborn, you’ll likely to be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Whilst it may be well-meaning, it’s not always helpful and can leave you feeling deflated and irritated. Know that it’s fine to feel this way and just because other people did things their way, it doesn’t have to also be your choice.

Remember to nourish yourself- body and soul

post-natal facts

Whilst it’s tempting to be overcome by the focus on your new baby, it’s important to look after yourself too! the responsibility of being a new mum can be all-encompassing, but remember that baby needs you to be happy and healthy to give them the best love and care. It’s essential you take time to eat nourishing foods (both healthy and indulgent, if it calls) when you feel like it. Try and find time to yourself and let someone you trust look after baby for a while; you still need time to wind down occasionally. Even if it’s just a bubble bath or meeting up with friends, time to relax is important for both you and your baby’s well-being.

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