As we celebrate the diversity of family structures, it’s essential to recognize and embrace the unique experiences that individuals and couples go through during the postpartum period. If you were assigned female at birth and are having a baby, but aren’t the pregnant one, you may be interested in learning more about induced lactation. This is the process of having your body produce milk without being pregnant.
Postpartum Challenges in Different Seasons: Greetings to all expectant parents and those navigating the days until your baby is earth side! As you prepare for the arrival of your little one, something many folks may not consider is how the changing seasons can impact your postpartum experience. Each season presents unique challenges and opportunities for new parents. In this blog, we’ll explore the specific challenges that come with winter, spring, summer, and fall babies, and provide valuable tips to help you navigate this transformative period with confidence and ease. This blog is based off climates that experience the traditional changing of seasons.
I never intended to practice co-sleeping or infant bed sharing with my first baby. I had the tiny cot prepared for him next to my bed. It was a “firm, flat surface” as recommended. My (ex)partner was skeptical. He comes from a country where people don’t use cribs and the newest baby is always in bed with the parents until they get big enough to go to the room with the other kids or the next baby comes. But that first night I brought him home, just a few hours old, he choked in his sleep. It’s not out of the realm of normal for a baby to choke a little or cough in their sleep, but as a brand new terrified mama and a partner that thought he should be in the bed anyway, I brought him into our bed.
Many cultures have traditions around caring for a birthing person after childbirth. In Islam the tradition is that for 40 days the birthing person’s female relatives care for them and they do not leave their bed.