Before and After You Became a Mum
By: Karen On:27 October 2016
Stuff to think about while you are pregnant Top 10 New Mum dilemmas
So you are pregnant! Exciting times ahead - your whole life will be marked against the "before" and "after" having your baby!
There are a swathe of controversial issues regarding motherhood and childcare for you to wrap your head around. I put a few of these together in this short blog and was interested to know where you stand! Comment below or on our Facebook Page.
Immunizations are a controversial topic! They will continue to be so as new vaccines are produced and made available to us. Some parents forego vaccinations completely, while others give them on a delayed schedule. As with any major medical choice, mothers should research both sides of the issue fully before making a decision.
2. Extended breastfeeding is considered breastfeeding beyond the age of one.
Many moms choose to breastfeed longer because of attachment reasons, food allergies in their babies, or for cost factors. Society sometimes sees extended breastfeeding as unnatural or unnecessary, while mothers who do so feel like they are continuing to give their child the health benefits they were receiving as an infant.
3. Cloth Nappies versus Disposables
Before the invention of disposable nappies, cloth was the only option. As disposables became popular, many parents chose them over cloth for convenience. Cloth is making a reappearance in modern families as a cost saving option, as well as an environmentally friendly choice. We know where we stand on this issue :) - what are your thoughts and experiences?
Co-sleeping can help promote infant bonding, but can also bring safety risks. Some people also believe that if their babies are brought to bed with them, it will be extremely difficult to eventually move them to their own beds or their own rooms. Many years ago, co-sleeping was the only option for many parents who had a fussy baby or were not comfortable having their baby in another room, out of eyesight or earshot.
5. Organic Foods
Organic foods can limit your family’s exposure to pesticides and chemicals, but is a costly option compared to traditional market foods. Many organic prepared baby foods are available on the market today, as well as organic infant formulas and other baby products.
6. Child Care
Many mothers don’t have the choice of staying at home with their babies after they are born. The reality is that many families rely on two incomes to support themselves, and working women will have to find reliable child care outside of their home in order to return to work.
7. Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking is viewed by some as a potential lifesaver, and by others as an expensive cost for something that may or may not ever be needed. Cord banking is painless to the baby and harvests blood from the umbilical cord after birth. This cord blood can be used to treat a multitude of conditions that the family may face, if they are compatible with the blood that is banked. The benefits are huge if cord blood is ever needed.
9. Nursing in Public
Some mothers are comfortable nursing in public, while others may still feel the need to be modest or discreet while providing nourishment to their infants.Should there be laws to protect the right of a mother to breastfeed her child anywhere?
Discipline has always been a controversial issue, and continues to be so as new methods of parenting, behaviour modification, and psychotherapy are introduced. Time out remains a popular choice for mothers, as it does not involve any type of corporal punishment. Spanking and other physical forms are still used by families, as well as positive reinforcement to reduce negative or adverse behaviour.
Keep it simple! xxx