You clench your partners hand and “hee hee hoo” your way through another contraction. Bathed in sweat, you see your phone on the bedside tray and can’t resist calling out, “Hey, Google… How much longerRRRRR? Hee hee…” If only Google knew! Labor is not the same for everyone, so an internet search will not conjure up specifics. Just know that even though it seems like that baby may never make an appearance, it is, truly, just a matter of time.Hey, Google! Do parents search anything else from the delivery room?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a newborn’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding as solid foods are introduced, up to one year or longer. There is a dark side to exclusive breastfeeding, though, and that’s the toll it can take on the mom’s mental and physical state. For this reason, it’s of paramount importance for nursing mothers to focus on self-care whenever possible.