I have several friends who’ve had babies recently, and I’d like to help them a little by “educating” the general public about new mom etiquette. :-) (This was written shortly after I had my second daughter.)

Cat Poland

See? I told you she was cute!

Ten weeks ago I gave birth to a delightful baby girl named Erica June. Double motherhood is exhausting, but she’s totally worth it.

I’m not sure if I didn’t notice it as much the first time around, or if I was even more sleep deprived than I am this time, but people say annoying/insulting/ignorant things to new moms! I’m sure they’re well meaning, but I thought I would come up with a list of things you probably shouldn’t say to or ask a new mom (unless you’re just feeling mean spirited).

1. Is he/she sleeping through the night?
Um, just look at these dark circles under my eyes. And the fact that I just swerved into that wall while walking down the hallway. Do I look like I’m getting sleep to you? Do I?! Sorry, I’m just a little on edge.

2. Are you breastfeeding?
Nonya…

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4 thoughts on “

  1. What I hate is when I get asked if my 4 month old is my grandson. It usually happens at Walmart, and I think the cause is my hot older and graying husband. I don’t look a day over 25. Well, maybe a day or two at the most! Anyway, NO, he’s NOT my grandson!! Grrrr!

  2. I remember an article in the LA Times about the fact that there are a lot of people out there who think it’s appropriate to touch pregnant bellies. Even if they belong to perfect strangers. Your list falls into that same area of things that really aren’t appropriate.

    • Yes, I wasn’t a fan of people touching my belly, although not many did. I think most people have good intentions, and just aren’t sure what else to say. :-)

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