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Mothering an infant

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Updated: 4/11/2007 5:45 pm
Mothering is the most important job on earth, but unfortunately kids don't come with instruction manuals. It's not unusual at times for mothers to feel a range of emotions, from boredom, exhaustion, or inadequacy to joy and ecstasy (EX-tuh-see). In addition to the care that you and your partner will be giving the child, the two of you will need to make a wide range of decisions, from whether to breastfeed or bottlefeed to who the baby's healthcare provider should be. If you're staying home with the child, you may at some time feel a sense of burnout. Be sure to allow yourself some quiet time when your child or children are in bed. It's also important to keep up adult communications, especially with other parents. There are parent support groups, as well as classes in which you can learn how to increase your parenting skills. Check with your pediatrician or your school district for opportunities.
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