From the ed­i­tor

HE­LEN SCHÖER

Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents -

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!

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