This week I spoke at the Hornsby-Berowra group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association about transition to motherhood. Two things that stood out for me was the consistency of the feelings of the group members and their openness and willingness to share their experiences.
Lots of new mothers feel that they don’t quite know themselves going from being a ‘single entity’ and making decisions with only yourself in mind to having to think of another, and often placing the baby first. And changing from being confident to ‘know what you are doing’, be it work, social life or family relationships – to a situation where you feel that not quite knowing if what you are doing is right.
This mismatch between expectation and reality can, in many women, create feelings of anxiety and depression; but acknowledging this, adopting strategies; including but not limited to, Mindfulness, can make a difference in the way that you feel.
It was wonderful to be asked to share, what I feel to be important information, with this group of women.