What do first time moms struggle with?

Answered by Robert Dupre

As a first-time mom, I can tell you that there are numerous challenges that we face when it comes to taking care of our newborns. From the very beginning, something as simple as the baby’s head position can be a struggle. Ensuring that their head is properly supported while feeding or carrying them is crucial for their comfort and safety.

Speaking of feeding, one of the biggest challenges for new moms is getting the baby to latch properly. It can be frustrating and even painful when the baby struggles to latch onto the breast. This can lead to sore nipples and even a decrease in milk supply. It takes time and practice to find the right technique and position that works for both the baby and the mother.

Another challenge is finding the right feeding posture for the mother. Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, finding a comfortable position that allows for proper support and ease of feeding can be a struggle. Trying out different positions, such as the cradle hold, football hold, or side-lying position, can help in finding what works best for both the mother and the baby.

Holding the baby for breastfeeding can also be a challenge, especially for new moms who may not have much experience with newborns. It takes time to learn how to hold the baby securely while also ensuring that they have proper access to the breast for feeding. It can be a juggling act, but with practice, it becomes easier.

Along with the challenges of feeding, there is also the issue of feeding time and frequency. Newborns have small stomachs and need to be fed frequently, often every 2-3 hours. This can be exhausting for new moms who are already sleep-deprived and trying to adjust to their new role. Finding a routine that works for both the baby and the mother is important but can be a struggle in the early days.

In addition, some new moms may experience difficulties with milk supply. It can be distressing when you feel like you’re not producing enough milk to satisfy your baby’s needs. This can lead to feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Seeking support from lactation consultants or healthcare professionals can be helpful in addressing any concerns and finding solutions to increase milk supply if necessary.

Being a first-time mom is a learning experience filled with challenges. It’s important to remember that every mother and baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Being patient, seeking support, and trusting your instincts are key in navigating these challenges and finding what works best for you and your baby.