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Keeping calm amongst the chaos of early parenthood

 Kellie Eason, IBCLC. BHSc. (Nursing), Post. Grad. Dip in Midwifery - MILK...early parenting support

Newborn mother cuddling her baby in the sunshine
Newborn mama & baby

Being a new parent is a journey, and it can be overwhelming even if it's not your first child. You might feel a range of emotions, from anticipation and excitement to fear, fatigue, and exhaustion.

Here are some tips to help you navigate this new experience and keep calm amongst the chaos of early parenthood:

  • Acknowledge that these feelings are normal and often fleeting.

  • Communicate your feelings with your support system so that they can help support rather than anticipate your needs

  • Remember that your support network is not made up of mind readers - be clear about what you need to avoid stress and conflict.

  • You will interact with many health professionals, and they may offer conflicting advice. Accept that this is part of the journey, and you will learn from it by taking what works best for you and your family.

  • If you feel overwhelmed, try this exercise:

    • Look back and ask yourself: How did I feel last week?

    • How am I feeling today? Am I surviving? Am I coping? Am I thriving?

    • Notice your progress over the last week. If your coping strategies and confidence levels have improved, imagine where you will be in week 2, 3, and beyond.

      • Be mindful that it takes at least six weeks to get into the swing of life with your new baby.

  • Be kind to yourself - always

    • Set reminders on your phone or hang affirmation cards around your home.

    • Remember that life with a newborn is all about rest, recovery, and survival. The goal is to thrive in this, nothing more.

    • Give yourself space and time to juggle everything.

      • Remember this:

    • 5 days in bed: rest, nourish/hydrate, bond with and feed your baby, use the shower and the loo!

    • 5 days on the bed: rest/nap, nourish/hydrate, bond with and feed your baby, use the shower and the loo!, sit on the couch or on your porch 1-2x/day.

    • 5 days around the bed: rest, nourish/hydrate, bond with and feed your baby, use the shower and the loo! Add gentle activities for 20-minute periods, such as folding washing or making a phone call.


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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

At MILK early parenting support, I strive to be your go-to source for all your parenting needs – from pre-birth to post-birth. I'm a passionate and experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I love empowering expectant and new parents with all the knowledge and support they need to make the right decisions for their family.

Whether it’s helping you find the best feeding and sleeping strategies, or ensuring that your baby is getting the nutrition they need for optimal growth, I'm here to make sure that you and your baby get the best start in life.

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