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Diary of a New Parent

Sometimes we don’t see when we are overwhelmed, or we see it, but we don’t stop to take a moment to rest and regroup. It is so important to check in with yourself regularly regarding possible signs of sleep deprivation, postpartum depression or anxiety.

I categorize common triggers for overwhelm in new parenthood as “FUSS”.

F- eeding U- understanding S- leeping S- cheduling

Feeding: If you find the act of breastfeeding or pumping has become triggering for you, you are not producing enough milk, the latch is bad, it hurts, consider handing off Baby to a support person, or a safe place like a bassinet or crib, and taking a well-earned break. If repeatedly attempting to breastfeed is too difficult emotionally, engage a lactation consultant. You may consider exclusively pumping or talking to your healthcare provider about supplementing. Keep up your milk supply by pumping to give you options if/when you feel ready to try again. Meanwhile, spend lots of time cuddling with your baby and do skin-to-skin frequently.

For more information on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, there is good information at

Also, see Postpartum Support International (PSI) for more information.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are real, common and treatable. We see you.

Recommended books on the topic, below.

"Strong as a Mother" by Kate Rope

“Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers” by Karen Kleiman.

"The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression"


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