I think it’s safe to say, most moms believe that baby number two, three and four are the charm when it comes to giving birth. Baby number one is always the crash course in parenting, similar to a “learn as you go” experience. No matter how many books and articles you read, no matter how much advice your mom and best girlfriend with a blossoming tribe of her own give you, there is never enough information to truly make one feel ready.
Most moms and couples express feeling better prepared for their second child, and celebrity moms are no different. During an interview with fellow celeb mom and bestie, Amber Rose on her Loveline With Amber Rose podcast on Play.It, Blac Chyna (Angela Renee White) says she is more comfortable as a mother the second time around. Chyna expressed she has been toying with the idea of breastfeeding, stating she feels, “obligated, in a sense.”
With the ever -growing support in both social and medical communities, the promotion of breastfeeding has brought to light great benefits for both mother and baby in the African American communities as well. In addition to providing the optimum nutrition for your baby and being extremely cost effective, it also helps reduce the mom’s belly after birth. Breastmilk can clear up baby and mom acne, prevent baby from having allergies, pink eye and so much more. The soon-to-be Mrs. Kardashian also mentioned some “cool stuff” about placenta. In the interview, Chyna said: “Just reading and knowing the pros of breastfeeding for your baby, and just recently, I found out some new, cool stuff about not cutting the cord and sending your placenta, you can get these pills to take them after to make you and the baby healthy. If you notice dogs and cats, when they have their babies, they eat the placenta. You’re like, ‘No, don’t do that!’ But they do, it’s a healthy thing. … I feel like with my second baby, I’m more educated than the first one.”
As of recently, it has been suggested that it’s most beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to the child after birth to aid your child in attaining optimal health. In prior episodes of the Kardashian entertainment saga, Kourtney also came upon the idea of saving and consuming her placenta after giving birth. Placenta consumption, or placentophagy, is an age-old practice women have been doing for centuries. Some benefits of placenta consumption are said to include regulating hormones, aiding in increased breast milk production and energy, and reduced risk of insomnia and PTSD.
While research, dulas, grandmas and friends offer great advice, tips and tricks to help you bring and raise a thriving child into the world, what’s best for mom is what ultimately matters. Research and advice are great but can be overwhelming. The best way to survive motherhood and parenting is to simply do what works best for you and your child. No two experiences are the same. It is no secret that which ever birthing methods you choose, if mom is good, then baby is good.
What was your birth experience like? Did you choose to breastfeed or eat your placenta? Comment below and share what worked for you!