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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What Have We Learned?

Today's meeting was Series Meeting #2, Bringing Home Baby, The Family and the Breastfed Baby. Today along with "normal" infant behavior and breastfeeding patterns we explored the knowledge we have gained as mothers. In a group discussion led by Renee, we went over five areas of learning, changing and surprises. Here are the five questions that were asked and some of the responses from moms.

1.) What did you do in preparation for your 1st baby?

Crib preparation, classes, reading, internet, remodeling houses and talking to friends for advice.

2.) What adjustments/changes/surprises did you experience after the birth of your 1st baby?

Needing a lot of help, wanting different diapers, too much unnecessary baby paraphernalia, frequency of feedings, nursing cues and learning baby's cries.

3.) What did you/would you do differently with subsequent babies?

Have people bring dinner, buy a larger bed, get rid of crib, getting more help, feeling less stressed, read less, listen to baby more

4.) What adjustments/changes/surprises did you experience with subsequent babies?

Dealing with older children wanting mommy, extra curricular activities of siblings, older children wanting to "help"

5.) What have we learned?

Trust your instincts, You are the expert on your baby, Be willing to change your expectations, Be flexible, and This too shall pass!

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