Understanding Your Baby

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Why do some mothers and babies take to breast feeding while others don't? And what are the emotions involved for mother and baby when the baby rejects a feed, or when breast feeding stops? What happens when parents and their babies have to negotiate separations, or deal with night-time crying? What if your baby's distress makes you feel that you cannot cope? This book takes the reader through the entire first year of a baby's life, anticipating parents' questions and covering topics ranging from parental feelings...
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Overview

Why do some mothers and babies take to breast feeding while others don't? And what are the emotions involved for mother and baby when the baby rejects a feed, or when breast feeding stops? What happens when parents and their babies have to negotiate separations, or deal with night-time crying? What if your baby's distress makes you feel that you cannot cope? This book takes the reader through the entire first year of a baby's life, anticipating parents' questions and covering topics ranging from parental feelings during pregnancy to a 10-month-old's sociability and deepening relationships.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843102427
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Series: Understanding Your Child Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
1 Pregnancy, Birth and "Bonding" 11
Pregnancy
Life inside the womb
Labour
The moment of birth
Offering comfort
"Bonding"
Recovery
The baby's initial responses to life
First few days: being beginners
First feeds
Bottle or breast?
Getting to know your baby
Helpful advice, and feeling judged
2 The First Six Weeks 23
Highs and lows
Chaos versus routine
Responding to a baby's distress
A mother and baby panic together
How the parents' moods affect the baby
How the baby's moods affect the parents
Coping with dependency
Coping with frustration
Love
Feeling low, and negative thoughts about the baby
Milestones in the first six weeks
3 Three to Six Months 37
New skills and new feelings
Feeding: milk and what goes with it
Different personalities
The baby who rejects the breast
Introducing solids
Becoming more separate
Sleeping
"Controlled crying"
The developing baby
4 Six to Twelve Months 49
The baby becomes more integrated
Seeing himself in a new light
Seeing his mother in a new light
Acquiring teeth
Loneliness
The importance of playing
Engaging with the world, and provoking a response
Laughter and jokes
Triumphs and disasters
Parental responses
The baby's resourcefulness
Parental expectations and peer groups
5 Coping with Separation: Returning to Work and Weaning from the Breast 61
Returning to work
Difficulties saying goodbye
A mother feels rejected
The impact of guilt
Anxieties about childcare
Letting the baby miss her mother
Weaning from the breast
The benefits of moving on
Conclusion 71
Further Reading 73
Helpful Organizations 74
Index 77
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