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DP making me feel like a rubbish mum

(63 Posts)
stressednewmama Thu 22-Nov-12 23:16:41

I am a first time mum and my little boy is only a week old so I'm not sure if I'm just being over emotional but DP unintentionally is making me feel like a crap mum.

A few things he has said and done have really upset me. For example when I was trying to bottle feed him a little while ago he looked at me and shook his head. When I asked what was wrong he said 'You. You've got a lot to learn'. When I asked what he meant by it he told me I was holding him wrong. He then carried on criticising me til I handed the baby over to him.

Other times he has joked that he's the mummy and I'm the daddy. I don't think he realises but that really hurts. I already feel like he has bonded with DS more than I have and that little comment compounds it.

I'm sure there are more examples but you get the gist. Not sure what advice I'm expecting. Just needed a rant I think. sad

Reading it back I'm probably overreacting

MonthlyAFIWish Sun 25-Nov-12 09:14:46

Nasty bastard x 7
Try and contact the midwife/hv saying you need to speak to her alone, tell her everything you have told us.

Agree you are feeding him perfectly as he has survived 7 days.

Leverette Sun 25-Nov-12 09:18:00

lljkk - he's been told already, denied responsibility "it's a joke", and did it again. A non-abusive person would be mortified that they'd hurt the feelings of their loved one, especially about something so important as care of the new baby, and make sure they didn't do it again!

lljkk Sun 25-Nov-12 09:24:42

It seems to me like OP has written precious little to base that on.

Snazzyfeelingfestive Sun 25-Nov-12 09:33:21

He has been told. Remind him next time. 'I told you I didn't like you undermining me, so why are you doing it again?' Then tell him something he can do to genuinely help, eg clean bottles, put a load of washing on, make you a cup of tea. He's not the expert any more than you are - you are both learning. And the first few weeks should be his time to be fully supportive and not criticise.

Sioda Sun 25-Nov-12 09:59:10

Sorry OP that's so callous of him. When my dd was born I worried about doing things wrong too and used to wonder if she didn't 'like' me because she took forever to make eye contact and smile. My mum could make her laugh much better than me so I did get a bit paranoid that I was a crap mum. I think that's pretty normal<hopefully>. Those first few weeks are so hard. It really does get better. She's 6 months now, things are so much easier and I don't worry about bonding anymore! She laughs and smiles and looks to check with me when she's worried about somethingsmile You'll get there too. I can't imagine dealing with those feelings when the person who's supposed to be most supportive of you is criticizing you instead and joking about baby being closer to him than you. Any normal person wouldn't dream of doing that. He's not your teacher he's your partner. Nasty bastard X 8.

Ignore lljkk and anyone else who comes out with sexist crap about poor men and their innocent facts and BLUNTNESS being taken up wrong by their hormonal hysterical wimmins... Posters like that haven't read what you posted because they don't care what you said. They just have an agenda and they like to SHOUT about it.

LaCiccolina Sun 25-Nov-12 10:15:34

If feeling very brave show him the thread. U have unanimous support here don't u? He's actually jealous I'd bet. This is a childish way of getting back at u because ur not his exclusive. Men do get weird around a newborn when they realise the time they take up.

Don't pander to it, or make excuses. Tell him u won't b spoken to like this. He's behaving like a child.

Aspiemum2 Sun 25-Nov-12 11:00:25

Seriously lljkk??? He undermined her until she handed over her son and made her feel like she was not capable of feeding her own baby and your answer is that she's taken it the wrong way?? A loving and considerate man would never treat the mother of his child that way.

Those first weeks are nerve wracking and hard enough without constantly feeling you are under scrutiny and the OP said quite enough to ascertain that this is precisely how she feels.

FastidiaBlueberry Sun 25-Nov-12 15:25:01

lljkk is obviously a rabid man-hater who thinks men are too neanderthal to be able to communicate properly with the women they love.

Ignore.

Your man is perfectly capable of grasping how to communicate in a reasonable fashion with a woman he claims he loves who has given birth to his baby.

If he doesn't do it, unless he has a diagnosed or diagnosable condition, it's because he chooses not to.

Men are not inferior to women, they're perfectly able to function as human beings, not fucking monkeys.

it's amazing how many male poets and authors and artists there are given they're apparently incapable of subtlety and can only communicate like blunt, emotionally inarticulate imbeciles according to some confused

OP stay firm. you're not over reacting or anything of the kind. he is hurting you - you have every right to tell him and to expect him to give a shit and stop doing it. if he doesn't there are bigger worries in your house than the correct way to hold a baby to feed it.

lljkk Sun 25-Nov-12 17:13:30

I think that is quite possibly the weirdest thing I have ever read on MN.

Sure, go ahead OP, LEAVE the Bastard on the advice of what a bunch of strangers thought after readeing 300 words you wrote on the Internet. <<Nods Sagely>>. I'm sure that's a wise course of action.

FastidiaBlueberry Sun 25-Nov-12 17:18:03

Has anyone said "Leave the Bastard"?

Sioda Sun 25-Nov-12 17:33:28

It doesn't care what anyone said Fastidia. It just wants to SHOUT some more. Ignore...

Narked Sun 25-Nov-12 18:14:37

I hope you can find a way to help him realise how you're hearing & feeling his comments.

How might she do that? By telling him perhaps?

I told him I didn't like the comments he makes and that they upset me. He said he didn't realise and they were only meant as a joke. Then the next day he said exactly the same thing again

The OP posted that. The day before you made your comment hmm

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