avigating the complex maze that is new parenthood is a daunting task. While seasoned parents have a few years of experience under their belts, moms and dads who've just taken their first baby home from the hospital have to learn the ropes of sleep schedules and swaddling.
Oh, and that Everest known as "How am I supposed to feed this baby?" Let's not forget about that.
No one knows this better than superstar Kristen Bell. Besides juggling a full-time career, the busy actress is mom to two adorable kids. Recently, she talked to Ellen DeGeneres about her breastfeeding trials, and the resulting story was hilarious.
Every new mom knows the struggles of trying to figure out a first baby.
In those first days, it’s easy for a new parent to feel like a fish trying to ride a bicycle. An infant is a joy, but also a tiny human filled with a lot of mystery. Sleeping mysteries. Diaper mysteries. Figuring-out-how-to-make-coffee-while-holding-a-baby mysteries. It’s all fresh and a little confusing. Time works everything out, but there is a bit of a learning curve.
People begin to ask the all-important "feeding" question.
Strangers, parents, and random people you run into at the hospital all want to know: exactly how are you going to feed that first baby? It seems like something best left to a new mom’s discretion, but people have a lot of different opinions on how feeding newborns. Sleep-deprived moms can only do their best not to throw things when they get asked this question, over and over and over.
If bottle-feeding is the right thing, the process is pretty straightforward.
For some babies, bottle-feeding with formula is the way to go. For a fussy eater who won’t do it any other way, shaking up some Enfamil and rocking that snuggle bunny is a great plan. It’s also awesome when it comes to trying to keep up with feeding twins. Moms who can enlist other people to help with feeding in order to sneak in a few precious hours of beauty sleep — they have it made.
Breastfeeding is another road entirely.
Breastfeeding is another way to go. It’s great and natural and all of that, but there’s no denying that the labor-intensive aspect of keeping up with nature’s milk source is taxing. Producing milk, pumping milk, and trying, for the love of all that’s holy, to store enough bottles so that family and friends can help out with feeding time is a challenge for even the most dedicated new mothers.
Breastfeeding also comes with the particular problem of figuring out where and when to do it.
Committing to breastfeeding seems easy, especially compared to navigating the logistics of doing it out in the real world. Some people don’t want to see it. Some people think it’s great. And others just don’t care, as long as there’s a nursing cover involved. It’s no wonder then that taking this process into the workplace is more than a little stressful for a new mom.
For Kristen Bell, this was a complicated issue…