Don’t Ask to Hold the Baby!

When visiting a new mother and baby there should be a rule. A principle that is common knowledge within the community and which no one questions and everyone respects. Don’t ask to hold the baby. Look, it doesn’t matter if you’re the grandmother, the great-great-aunt, her sister, or her bestie… Just don’t even think about it! I still remember all too well the anxiety I felt in those early weeks when visitors came over and asked to hold my sweet, new baby. Sure, I was hormonal, and felt fragile and vulnerable. But I just wanted to keep my baby in my arms or in the sling and I didn’t want to let her go. I remember discussing this in detail with a friend at the time. Just recently she has had h

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