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My Latina Mom Knows It All

When my baby was first born, my mom spent one week with my husband and I. It was such a blessing to have her help. At the same time, I felt she had something to say about everything. Mainly, everything I was doing was wrong. She barely agreed with anything my doctor would say, thought I was burping the baby wrong, and thought my pediatrician was crazy for having me wake up the baby every 2 hours to feed him. “You should just let him sleep,” she would say. Did this ever happen to you? Your Latina mom thought she knew it all and you were always wrong? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love her advice, I just always took them with a grain of salt.

Here is some of the most interesting advice she would give me. Did your mom ever tell you any of these?

  • La Cuarentena (or 40 Days After Birth) 1 of 5
    La Cuarentena (or 40 Days After Birth)
    According to my mom after you give birth, La Cuarentena is a period of about 40 days where you should take really good care of yourself. This means trying to stay home, relax, and eat tons of chicken soup. Not observing the Cuarentena can lead to bad headaches in the future.

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  • A Woman with a Visit from her “Aunt Flow” Should Never Carry Your Baby 2 of 5
    A Woman with a Visit from her "Aunt Flow" Should Never Carry Your Baby
    My mom strongly believed that anyone with her "monthly visitor" should never carry your baby. Doing so could lead to "pujo" or colic in the baby.

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  • Drink Tons of “Agua Panela” to Help your Milk Supply 3 of 5
    Drink Tons of "Agua Panela"  to Help your Milk Supply
    My mom swears by aguapanela, which is derived by hardened cane pulp. In fact, when my mom stayed with me that first week, she made me drink about 2 cups of agua panela a day. According to her, aguapanela helps your milk supply when you're breastfeeding.

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  • Never Take the Baby out in the “Sereno” 4 of 5
    Never Take the Baby out in the "Sereno"
    The "sereno" or evening dew is really bad for the baby. According to my mom, the baby should never be outside in the sereno. This advice is still a mystery to me.

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  • Wearing an “Ombliguero” Will Giver Your Baby A Beautiful Belly Button 5 of 5
    Wearing an "Ombliguero" Will Giver Your Baby A Beautiful Belly Button
    My mom insisted my baby wear an ombliguero. It's basically a bandage looking thing that covers the baby's umbilical cord. It's supposed to help them have a pretty belly button. I never got around to buying one, to which my mom now credits the reason why my baby has an outie. "He should have worn an ombliguero" she says.


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