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Caring For Your Baby Post-IVF

By Karin Hammarberg

Part of IVF & Beyond For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’ve waited long and tried hard to have a baby, you feel ecstatic when IVF works for you. But even after IVF, you find that caring for a new baby is hard work. Here’s some advice to help you survive the first few crazy months of parenthood:

  • Babies don’t come with a manual, so don’t feel bad if you feel a bit out of your depth at first. You need time to get to know your baby’s likes and dislikes.

  • Knowing how to care for your baby isn’t instinctive — you have to learn as you go.

  • The fact that you really wanted your baby doesn’t make caring for your newborn any easier than for other parents with newborns. Don’t expect too much of yourself and ask for help when you need it.

  • New parents worry about the wellbeing of their babies, but after IVF you may worry even more and wonder about your ability to care for your baby. Rest assured: Your baby will be fine and no-one can do a better job than you.

  • Some new mothers find that breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily: Get professional advice and support if you experience difficulties.

  • All new parents need a break now and then, so share the workload and enlist as many stand-ins as you can find.

  • If your baby cries a lot and is difficult to soothe, feed and settle, you may benefit from attending a day-stay or residential mother–baby program. Ask your maternal and child health nurse for a referral.