Having a new baby is a physically and emotionally difficult time of life. You will need a solid support system to help you navigate this new experience. If your situation allows for it, lean on your family. Help with the household chores, meals, and caring for other children can let you have more time to bond with your new baby and get the rest you need to recover from the birth.
If family is not an option, don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help in the early days as a new mom. New mothers have historically been surrounded by a strong net of community and family support. Our current cultural system often leaves new mothers isolated and lacking a support network.
If you are struggling to find someone to help, you can hire a postpartum doula. A postpartum doula will come into your home and help you learn about caring for your newborn. She will also provide basic household assistance (cooking, laundry, dishes) and can even stay through the night if need be.