Now that it's clear that baby will arrive two days before the ILs and SIL fly in, I'm trying to figure out how to best establish some bonding time. I'd like to establish expectations before everyone arrives, so there is no disappointment on anyone's end...
Doula says that bonding is natural, and I won't have to work at it. Doctor says I need to walk around my house barechested, with baby right there to help my milk come in. Pedi says that visitors holding baby all day might interfere with milk production.
1. in your experience, was wearing a shirt comfy? Or should I really expect/prepare to walk about nekked?
2. How long does it take to BF in those first days? 20 minutes? an Hour? (I'll have people sitting in my living room for probably 8 to 10 hours a stretch, so I want to prepare them timewise for my frequent disappearances.)
3. How did you manage newborn bonding/instructions/dos and don'ts with all-day visitors? (in my case, they'll be here for over a week.)I know they will want to hold, change and bathe the baby.. But pedi said baby doesn't need a bath until the stump falls off. So again, I want to manage expectations, but I don't want to come off super bossy either.
4. Did you watch your ILs handle your baby/change your baby? Did ILs come with you to baby's first doctor's appointment? If so, how did it go?