Announcing… a new arrival!
But, umm, this one’s not for sale.
Lucu co-founder Lauren, husband Carter, and daughter Evie welcomed a new addition to the family! Wyatt Arthur was born on January 25.
Here we are, Wyatt and I, on our first morning home as a family of four. I love this picture because:
1) I had showered (a rare prize in the early days of motherhood!) and,
2) It showcases my favorite thing about the design of the Lucu Nest! Wyatt is happily nursing, and I’m covered to my comfort level, all the while maintaining eye contact! That’s what the Lucu Nest can do that “covers” can’t. Although you certainly can cover baby's head using the Nest, you don't have to. But why eye contact?
Eye contact is an important part of the breastfeeding relationship. While I’ve certainly been known to scan Facebook or type an awkward one handed e-mail reply while breastfeeding, I try to be aware of all the levels of communication while nursing. Feeding a baby isn’t just a simple physical exchange of nutrients. Making eye contact with your baby promotes brain development and bonding, and lots of experts recommend being “available” for eye contact during feedings- whether from breast or bottle. Especially in the early days, when baby is only able to clearly see a matter of inches in front of him, mother’s face and eyes are some of the only clear markers in new, blurry world.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t eat (cookies), drink (coffee, please), read to an older child, or catch up on episodes of New Girl while nursing- there’s plenty of time for that in all the feeding you’ll do. Also, babies generally won’t hold the "mutual gaze" for an incredibly long time- even those brief moments of connection can be exhausting to them. They’ll frequently avert their gaze if overstimulated. And some babies just aren’t drawn to eye contact while feeding at all.
So the moral of the story is this: it’s great to try to be available for eye contact, but, by all means, zombie-click through those Buzzfeed lists, half-reply to e-mails, and most importantly, rest up, mamas!