So what does that mean?
It’s understanding that your baby’s wants are your baby’s needs. It’s relaxing into those needs and trusting there is no spoiling your baby during this time and that no “bad habits” are being formed. It’s “babying the baby” so they can grow and thrive with a solid foundation for going forward. As long as your baby is full-term and has no health concerns, you can let them be your guide.
Does that mean forgetting about your needs? Definitely not! That needs equal attention. You must both be thriving for all to be well. By feeling less anxious about the thought of spoiling your baby, though, worrying that you’re picking them up or holding them too much or are responding to their feeding cues to quickly, you can more confidently relax into these weeks and get the rest and recovery you need for yourself, too.
It’s all about the well-being of you both — both of you thriving, both of you building on your successes, both of you developing trust in the other. You and your baby can melt into each other as you gently make your way through the tender early postpartum time.
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reflections of a postpartum doula