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<Although my baby is only a few weeks old, I am already confused about so many things. My mom and my friends are always giving me advice, and now I have the clinic sister on my back too. How do I know what is right for my baby?

After nine months of pregnancy this situation is probably not new to you. Remember that during that time you got lots of advice too. Some of it was really helpful and some of it was not.

Now that you have a new baby and want to do the right thing it can be really alarming to get contradictory advice, from people you respect. So the first thing to keep in mind is that people are trying to help you and the advice is well meaning! The second thing is that you do have instincts and the ability to make the decision about what is right for your baby and your situation. Whatever you decide to do, there will be someone who thinks you made the wrong decision. This really doesn’t matter if you feel that this is the right course of action for you.

So, try to relax. Listen to the advice and discard what doesn’t work for you. Do not feel you have to defend your decisions. You are allowed to shrug your shoulders and say – that is my decision. It’s your baby. Follow your instincts.



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