Although 95 per cent of women breast-fed their babies in 1910, that figure is a lot lower today. About 90 per cent of North American women attempt breastfeeding in the first month, but by the time the baby is three months old, that figure drops to about 50 per cent; and by the time the baby is 6 months old, the percentage is around 30 per cent.
Finding the childcare arrangements that best suit your needs and lifestyle just might be the most critical and challenging parenting task. For most parents, it can be almost as life changing as making the decision to have a child. The person and/or people that care for your child is going to have a profound affect on your family so it is important to consider many things.
Having a new baby is hard for parents that are used to organization, control, efficiency and order. Well-intended people say to relax, focus on the baby and enjoy this time, but it’s really difficult to change a basic part of one’s personality just because one has a new 7lb. boss.
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