… I wouldn’t have handled motherhood so well (?).
I’ve been reading so many blogs of first-time parents, new mums, experienced mums with new babies, etc, and I’m really impressed with some stories. Dear non-Brazilian readers: did you know that in Brazil we sterilize the bath tub? Some people even use filtered water. Some people – and my mum was really shocked here – even clean the nipples with whatever product before each feed. Some people make all visitors wash their hands before touching their babies. And some parents won’t hold their babies without a muslin square protecting their faces against the clothes. Some people iron every single piece their baby’s clothes and not only to look nice.
All good. I was raised in this country, so I felt uncomfortable with the relaxed attitude in the UK – and dare I say, in Europe. Yes, people should wash their hands and midwives and health visitors do. But nobody else. When I asked about what product I should use to clean my nipple before feeding Laura, the midwife open her eyes and laughed at me. The lady at the hospital who gave Laura’s first bath didn’t sterilized the bath tub.
So, after the initial “hmmmm, not sure about this”, I’m adapted and thankful to the local habits. It’s just too much work without the extra work. Laura is fine and healthy and probably with more anti-bodies I had at her age.