Initially I wanted to hire a CL but heard for a friend that she suffered when she had a CL, so much so that she also had depression and had to see a psychiatrist. Another friend's CL was not supportive of breastfeeding and she had to wrestle with her CL trying to push for formula feeds.
My hubby & I decided to get a maid to help with household chores and take care of baby and it's for 2 years' contract.
My mum was supposed to help me during my confinement period but she fell sick within 1 week. I asked her to go home to rest.
mother in law comes to bath baby everyday. Had a lot of issues with mother in law initially as she would nitpick and comment/nag/criticize on the things I bought for baby - towels (not absorbent she said), baby wet wipes (she said cannot use), pigeon cotton balls (she said must buy the one roll type and get maid to roll into balls!), baby clothes, tollyjoy cloth nappies (she said too thick & not soft - went to buy the old type. I had asked for this at the mall but the salesgirl told me tollyjoy ones are more absorbent), nappy liners ( she said cannot use), pigeon nappy pins (why like that? why not use the old type that push down, why this one not good?!), Philips Avent milk bottles & sterliser (why buy so many bottles, just need 1 will do, why use steriliser when you can use salt to rub & rinse with water?!)
???!!! Faint ???!!!
I am thinking for my 2nd baby, I will want to hire a CL... but need to get a good one. A bad CL is worse than having none.
But now, I do take showers and need to wash hands with tap water coz I do change baby diapers & prepare milk feeds. Partial breastfeeding and lots of formula feeds. Thanks to mother in law's insistence on baby drinking formula on Day 1 in hospital. Sigh. I had wanted total breastfeeding on Day 1.