Advocacy and Support
The Early Weeks
Navigating The Early Weeks and months after the birth of a baby can be quite challenging for some families. There is a lot to learn and it’s a huge adjustment period.
Many new parents take classes, which are a great introduction for the basics. However, when things don’t go according to plan, it’s easy to start to feel lost.
Babies don’t come with manuals or “How To” guides. It doesn’t matter how many classes you take or the number of baby books you read. There is so much varying information and there isn’t a one size fits all approach. Every baby is different and each family situation is unique. Everything will change once your baby is born.
When a new parent reaches their “breaking point” with their fussy baby and the accompanying sleep debt, they will typically first turn online resources like Google or WebMD. Additionally, they may reach out to a provider.
Unfortunately, the “it’s normal” comes into play more than it should. TRUST YOUR GUT. If your situation isn’t improving, something isn’t right. Seek another opinion or two.
It’s Not Normal
As a frame of reference, here are some red flags to watch for. It’s not normal for:
- Babies to eat every 30-45 minutes (even breastfed) after the first few weeks of life. Some cluster feeding is fine, but not 24/7.
- Babies to sleep for only 30-45 minutes at a time.
- Babies to NEED to be held around the clock and NEVER be content.
- Babies to experience fussy or “colic” periods often.
- Babies to be awake for 2-3 hours at a time.
If you aren’t getting answers or feel like you aren’t being heard, please contact us now. In about 95% of cases, we will help you get to the root cause of why your family is struggling. If needed, referrals to specific providers will be made.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of wisdom. You do not need to have all the answers and you are not a bad parent. You do not need to struggle or be severely sleep deprived. Do not lose hope. We are here for you 24 hours per day.
WE ARE LISTENING.