New mom questions and fears

Hello friends!

I am excited to work with Perrigo Nutritionals again. If you remember last time they provided me with some yummy store brand puffs and yogurt drops for Liam. Well this time they have asked me to share some questions, fears and advice I have as a new mom to new moms out there. The Perrigo Nutritionals product, gift card, information, and additional gift card have all been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals, but the questions, fears and advice are my own.

Before I had Liam, my biggest fears were centered around how are we going to manage the time and sleepless nights. How is this going to change our lives? Will I know what to do? What if he doesn’t stop crying? Will I be able to breastfeed? Along with thousands of other questions and fears, but you know what… That moment when you see them for the first time, none of those questions actually matter.

20130131_123829Your life will change, forever, personally I think our lives are more whole with Liam in it. As much as we teach him, he has taught us so much more. I’ve learned to be more patient, gentle and I am also finding less of a need to control everything all the time. That last lesson I am still working on, but it takes time. 20130131_184230The fear not not being able to produce enough milk for him is a pretty realistic and possible one. Many women can’t or just do not have the time to pump for their kids and that is okay. I felt that I NEEDED to breastfeed him, and that put a lot of pressure on me emotionally and physically. It wasn’t until my breastfeeding ritual was perfected that I got the first opportunity from Perrigo Nutritionals.  I learned a lot about formula in general, but more importantly store brand formula.

A new, nationwide survey of pediatricians looked at the most common questions new moms will ask.  97 percent of pediatricians say feeding is one of the top three categories new moms ask about and  more than half (52 percent) of pediatricians say feeding is the number one topic new moms ask about. “Pooping” questions were second (43 percent of respondents). Sleeping was third (41 percent).

The results were based on a nationwide survey of pediatricians conducted by SERMO, the largest online network exclusively for physicians.

What most moms don’t know is that the FDA strictly regulates infant formula to keep little ones safe, so store brand infant formulas, like Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up and Up, are nutritionally comparable to national brands like Enfamil® and Similac® and meet FDA standards. Most importantly, pediatricians agree! According to the “Pulse of Pediatricians” survey, 71 percent of pediatricians believe all infant formulas are basically the same; the brand doesn’t matter. Parents can feel good about using store brand formula and they can even save up to $600 per year; without compromising quality!

Knowing that that option is there for my and my family in the future eases my mind a little. You can check out more information about store brand formulas on the Perrigo Nutritionals Store Brand Formula website,  www.storebrandformula.com.20130205_083320There are so many different things I could say about being a new mom, and I know everyone says it, but it really does get better. The first 3-4 months is really hard.. like really really hard. But once you establish a routine (and stick to it) things get a lot easier for you and your baby. I guess that would be my biggest piece of advice for new moms, find a routine that works for your family, and stick to it. You might lose contact with a few of your friends at first, but the ones who really matter will understand and stick by you through the rough times. Some might even make you enchiladas 🙂

Thank you for reading my rant 🙂

Perrigo Nutritionals has offered to give one of my readers a $25 Visa gift card just for being you!

Okay, so how can you win?  The contest begins today (Thursday 10/16/14) , and I’m announcing a winner on Thursday, October 23.  Mandatory: Leave a comment with your biggest fear as a new mom and share some advice for new moms out there.  20130227_080255Good luck, and have a great day!

Cheers!

7 thoughts on “New mom questions and fears

  1. Sara says:

    My biggest fear actually was not with raising my child but the delivery. How crazy is that when I am a labor and delivery nurse. Having seen the good, the bad, and the ugly I had so many expectations built up about how Emily should come into this world. Of course she didn’t come the way I planned and part me still struggles with this, but I know it was what was needed. It was the true start to motherhood I think for me that I needed to realize the rest of my life might have routine but won’t always go to plan.

  2. Patti says:

    To pick only one of the trillion fears I had is hard. They are just so small and fragile when they come out, how will I know what to do if they can’t make any requests? But really the biggest fear was a general “will I know what to do and when to do it?” I didn’t want him sitting in a dirty diaper, ever be hungry, not get enough sleep or sleep too much or lack in human contact. Turns out all of these things tend to take care of themselves and in reality the hardest part are things I never even thought would happen to my little boy. So you can worry all you want but as the saying goes “worrying is like a rocking chair, it will keep you busy but not get you anywhere”.

  3. abbie says:

    Biggest Fear: being a good mom. Sounds ridiculous, but everyone’s definition of “good mom” is different, and I just want my kids to say I was a good mom when they are older!

    Advice: trust your instincts! You will generally have an idea of what you need to do and you will hear so much conflicting advice from all other moms out there; it gets overwhelming really fast. You are doing a great job!

  4. sarah says:

    My biggest fear is knowing what to do! There seems like so much to stay on top of and so many different avenues you can take that its pretty overwhelming. I guess my advice (to myself and others) is to be kind and patient with yourself!

  5. Erin says:

    My biggest fear the first time around was just not knowing what to do. And it’s still kind of the same the second time around because every baby is different and has totally different issues. I would just say don’t be afraid to ask for help! It’s good to have friends with babies/kids so you can pick their brains when you’re desperate.

  6. Stephanie says:

    My biggest fear was going into labor. I was so scared I wouldn’t know I was in labor or that there would be a terrible snowstorm (we were in Blacksburg) and we wouldn’t be able to drive to the hospital. Somehow I convinced my Doctor to induce me over a week early which was amazing and really calmed my nerves. After my first was born the next biggest fear was what in the world to do when he cried. I really had no clue and the first time he cried I was terrified. Why I hadn’t thought about this before his delivery… I have no idea!

    My advice to new moms is try not to stress over too much. I think moms are always comparing their babies to other babies or even their own other children and then also comparing themselves to other moms. It’s really not healthy and doesn’t really help anything. I believe that if you spent that time really being in tune with your child you would worry a lot less about milestones and accomplishments and enjoy the ride a lot more.

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