The moment of childbirth is truly a whirlwind of emotions: in a fraction of a second you pass from pain and fatigue to the most authentic happiness you can feel. Still, past that mix of euphoria and daze given the joy of holding your baby in your arms for the first time, you realize that, from that moment on, our whole life will be centered on the care and growth of that frugoletto, totally dependent on us. And sometimes a bit of panic can also arise ...
Obviously all this is perfectly normal, but knowing some basic notions could help you to spend the first days as a new parent with greater serenity.
Normally the first days in the hospital are regulated by the rites imposed by the hospital. This certainly facilitates the mother in getting to know her baby in a protected and controlled environment.
The first thing to do, even if this always happens instinctively, is to establish physical contact, as it is really essential that the child "feel skin to skin" the body of his mother, perceiving the smells and even the heartbeats. It must therefore not be had no fear of keeping the child to himself, perhaps worried about the possibility of touching delicate points such as the fontanel on the head: newborns must be treated with care, but they are not so fragile.
Another thing to keep in mind is that for the baby everything around him is a complete novelty and therefore, in this chaos of perceptions, it is normal that you find yourself disoriented, cry o does not react to our attempts to interact. Let's give him time to settle in!
Finally, breastfeeding: if natural, it is right to follow the baby's rhythms, taking care that the baby sucks the whole breast area, and not just the nipple (to prevent annoying fissures). If instead it is necessary to resort to artificial breastfeeding, it is good practice to establish a more or less regular scan of the "feedings". Lately, however, there is also talk of infant formula on request, that is when he is hungry and expresses the desire to eat, without being guided by the clock.Read also: Infants' first week of life: 11 things to know
Unlike what happened some time ago, today most hospitals favor the practice of rooming in, that is, the stay of mothers and newborn babies in the same room.
During the first night in the postpartum hospital, fatigue will certainly be felt, so it is good for the mother to get proper rest. But she can sleep with the baby on her lap, maybe right after breastfeeding? If there are no particular circumstances specified to medical personnel, it is not only permitted, but indeed è super recommended.
In order to be able to sleep completely relaxed, it is still wise to part with the baby for a few hours, without jolting at every jolt or suspicious sound. In case of need, you can always alert some nurses, even to ask for advice.
A useful precaution is to always keep one near the bed water bottle (hydration is very important) and a cellular, which you never know ...
Birth is a moment that must be celebrated in the best possible way. Fortunately, there are those who manage to chisel with a few words the infinite wonder of a new life that blossoms:
- "Welcoming a newborn is in some ways something absolute, more real and engaging than any other experience life offers" (Marilyn French).
- "At the birth of a child, the world is never ready" (Wislawa Szymborska).
- "A child is a love that has become visible" (Novalis)
- «Ah, the joy of the infant! She lovingly watched the movements of her little son's toothless mouth and imagined that along with his milk, his deepest thoughts, concepts, and dreams flowed in him "(Milan Kundera)
- "I believe that the eyes of newborns, these eyes that do not yet see and in which one can hardly see, these eyes without white, deep and uncertain, are made with a particle of the abyss from which they have risen" (Jules Renard)
- "I learned that when a newborn first squeezes his father's finger in his little fist, he has captured him forever" (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
- “There are no seven wonders of the world in a child's eyes. There are seven million "(Walt Streightiff)
- “No one will ever be able to prepare you for what happens to you when you have a child. When you take that little creature in your arms and you know it's your turn now. Nobody can prepare you for love and fear "(Domhnall Gleeson)
- «Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which we look out on a wonderful perspective. What happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything "(William Macneile Dixon)
Newborn babies are small and incredibly sweet and cuddly. Their crying is a hymn to life and only those who have been in the delivery room can describe the emotion of seeing ...
Useful sources: Pregnancybirthbababy.org.au; Stanfordchildrens.org
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