From the editor
This month’s dossier on new mom wellness and the article on bonding with your newborn really struck a cord with me. I did not take to motherhood like the proverbial duck to water. Breastfeeding was initially a painful battle and I felt lonely, bored and stressed all at the same time. I couldn’t figure out when I was supposed to shower – there just didn’t seem to be time, even though my baby wasn’t really doing very much. In hindsight, I think I was heading for PND, but one night a tiny little thing happened that changed everything.
Sophia must have been about two weeks old... I was sitting up in the beautiful feeding chair my mom-in-law had bought for me. Sophia was latched on, nursing in her sleep and I was sitting there in the dark feeling rather sorry for myself. And then it happened. I get goosebumps just remembering it: I felt a tiny little hand down my side stroking me gently up and down my ribcage. It was the first time that it felt as if I was getting any affection back from my baby, and it was divine. I felt an enormous surge of love for this little helpless creature in my arms and I believe that is when our bonding truly took off.
If you are also off to a rocky start, may this issue give you hope and support to just hang in there – things will get better. We promise!