Some parents are blessed with open-mouth, insert-boob babies, meanwhile, the rest of us have to work at it a little bit. There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to breastfeeding and some parents have extra challenges on their journey…
It is common for expecting fathers to feel anxious and somewhat unprepared to take on their new role as “Dad.” Unless their career revolves around caring for pregnant women, it is perfectly normal to not have all of the answers when preparing for a new arrival. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to calm nerves and answer the endless questions that arise in early parenthood.
The number one question on almost every new parent's mind is: “how can I get my baby to sleep through the night?” The struggle is real when it comes to exhaustion and sleep deprivation with an infant in the house. Maybe you've read all the books and articles, and tried all the lotions and gadgets and apps. Something's gotta give: who can you turn to?
Sleep deprivation and exhaustion among new parents is almost universally laughed at in the United States – after all, you have to laugh to keep from crying, right? Jokes and quips about being awake all night with our babies have almost become part of a unique culture (see also: “wine mom” culture and “coffee mom” culture!). #teamnosleep
However, what if we told you that sleep deprivation isn't just a rite of passage parents have to grit their teeth through: it's actually a public health issue?