Here you are reading an advice blog about how to have a baby and the best piece of advice I can give you is to disregard every bit of advice you get. That’s because anything I tell you today, someone else will contradict in her blog, and stuff someone else writes in her book will be the polar opposite of stuff I recommend in mine. Case in point, read this blog that appeared in The Huffington Post about how to sleep train your baby. Every single word of it is the truth. I laughed out loud.
Often times when I provide a specific point of view in a blog, someone will comment with a conflicting point of view. I’m grateful for those comments because that’s how we keep important conversations going on topics that pertain to our health and experiences as mothers. Sometimes, those comments get heated because so many mothers feel so passionately about their decisions. I suspect they also feel a little insecure about them, which is why they defend them tooth and nail when they comment.
-If I post about why natural childbirth is a good idea, some mothers will say it’s barbaric and the only way to go is with an epidural.
-If I post that epidurals can sometimes help labor progress, someone else will say it caused hers to stall and she had to have a C-section.
-If I say breast is best, someone will say bottle is better.
-If I say immediate post-birth skin-to-skin bonding is great, someone will say not to worry about it because you can bond whenever you want.
-The point is, all of those points of view are accurate, depending on the individual mother. There are almost no absolutes when it comes to parenting because no two sets of parents and babies are alike.