Being on bed rest when you have a toddler

Suzanne Barston, Author and Blogger, shares advice for mothers on how to overcome the challenges of being on bedrest when you have a toddler, and how to explain what pregnancy complications are to your young child
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Being on bed rest when you have a toddler

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Being on partial bed rest with a not quite two-year old was like a bad sitcom gone wrong. It was really challenging in more ways than I ever thought would be possible. Mostly because it was really difficult to explain to a child who barely understood what pregnancy was what a pregnancy complication was. So he didn't quite understand it, and he couldn't understand why his normally active mom was not on the ground with him rolling around, or running around the playground with him, or able to do the activities that he was used to me doing. So we had to sort of get creative and find other ways to bond; things like doing a lot of cuddling on the bed and watching videos. And ultimately, I think, it ended up being a silver lining in that he almost got used to not having his mom be available to him in the same way, which prepped him for having a younger sibling. So it ended up almost being a good thing, in the long run.

Suzanne Barston, Author and Blogger, shares advice for mothers on how to overcome the challenges of being on bedrest when you have a toddler, and how to explain what pregnancy complications are to your young child

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Suzanne Barston, CLC

Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for Pampers.com, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, SheKnows.com, Babble.com, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 

 

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