Advice... I love advice... I appreciate it when friends, family, my doctor and others in my life give me advice. I am usually very open to it and it makes me feel secure in a way because I know I am hearing from someone who has "been there, done that." One thing I can say about pregnancy is that people offer LOADS of advice. From the moment I announced I was pregnant, it just came at me from all directions and it can be overwhelming. May I just also add that a lot of the advice I get one from person contradicts that of another?!? Yeah. That can sometimes be tough.
Before pregnancy I found advice to be comforting, but now I find it to be very confusing! When I tell people that I plan to breastfeed, they have a lot to say about it. I have heard from women with positive experiences and others with negative experiences. I have been encouraged to pursue my goal of breastfeeding for one year and discouraged all in the same week!
What I have learned in the last nine months is that I still really do love advice. I am grateful for family, friends and just anyone who would take out the time to share their experience with me because let's face it – my life will never be the same! It's wonderful to know that people care and I know that the advice most usually comes from a good place. What I am still learning and hope to continue perfecting as a parent is how to take the advice I receive and then make informed decisions that are what I think is best for my child. I know that if I go into this with a positive mindset and as informed as I can possibly be, I have a greater chance at actually seeing it through. I have been hoping to go to a La Leche League meeting and get even more advice!
Only two weeks until my due date and I am getting anxious and excited to begin this journey.