When will I start showing? When will my belly pop? When will I ACTUALLY look pregnant and not just food babyesque?
I was recently a part of a quick survey, put together by Haakaa (my favorite silicone breastmilk catcher brand!) where they specifically asked us, what were our go to breastfeeding tips for new mothers. As a doula, I support my clients where they are with educational support that they desire. With that perspective I went into this question with the idea of "find a lactation expert!" I was so pleased with their answers! I hope that these tips and tricks are valuable on your breastfeeding journey.
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We hear about the depression, the anxiety, the baby blues and the very severe psychosis that can occur after we have babies.
But what about the rage?
The inexplainable, over the top, mind numbing rage that takes over your body and pushes away every person around you.
You love your baby! You love the snuggles, the kisses, the closeness and all that's involved with caring for this sweet baby. But you are angry. You hate your spouse, your older children get on your last nerve and you don't know how to reconcile it with the love that you feel for them at the exact same moment.
The rage bubbles up inside of you until you don't even recognize yourself and you don't know why!
This is postpartum rage. It's normal, it's horrible and it's so confusing. You are not alone.
Postpartum rage is another way that postpartum depression manifests itself. It can be an outward sign of postpartum anxiety. If this is something you are dealing with, take a deep breath. Know that you are not alone. Call your doctor and keep your emotions in check. If you ever feel like hurting your child or baby, call your doctor immediately.
Your rage will start to dissipate but the timeline is different for everyone. Try to take care of yourself by penciling in self care. An hour here or there to be away from your responsibilities and have time to find who you are again, can be very helpful in dealing with the rage you may be feeling.
You are an amazing mother. This rage doesn't define you. Take a deep breath, you are doing great.