For breastfeeding moms,
THERE IS NO BREAK
They take care of their babies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and this leaves them almost no room for simple activities, such as eating, taking care of the household, taking a shower and having a good night’s sleep.
THIS IS WHY THE SUPPORT NETWORK IS SO IMPORTANT
Do you know what this is?
The support network is a group of family members and friends who provide comfort to the new mom’s routines. This help is fundamental for their health and for the child’s future. After all, if the mother is happy and healthy, it is easier for the baby to be as well.
Only 1 in 5 moms speak openly about the difficulties in being a mother
Only 1 in 4 women equally share tasks related to raising children
Only 3 in 10 moms confess feeling lonely at home
Maternal stress block breast milk production² and compromise the baby’s health. And the problem doesn’t stop there. Anxiety, physical and emotional overload, pain, and excess of preposterous suggestions from others…
Brief crying spells
Sorrow and hopelessness
Lack of sexual interest
If you notice that a mom is showing these kinds of behaviors during two or more weeks, suggest medical assistance.
Learn how to be part of the solution
Those who have already given birth
You have the mission of exchanging experiences about maternity. But be careful: avoid giving preposterous suggestions. The pregnant mom needs and must feel comfortable to talk about her own motherly habits. Each pregnancy is unique. ➜
Women who have never given birth
Be sure to visit the “new mom” because the routine has changed. After all, the friendship must go on. Remember that it is a very important moment in your friend’s life. Take part and give support. ➜
Family members and friends
Give assistance in simple daily tasks. Small things such as going to the bakery, taking care of the baby while the mom takes a nap, changing a diaper, doing the dishes, giving emotional support, provide precious time for mothers. ➜
Never be absent. Listen and have empathy. Respect what the mom thinks and feels. Reduce the workload at home and continue to encourage breastfeeding. ➜
Obstetricians and pediatricians must always be within the mom’s reach so she can get in touch with them at any time. Only these professionals can provide reliable information. If possible, recommend the best professionals you know. ➜
Whatever your role is, take care of the new mom the same way she takes care of her own child. Everything she listens to during the first months of maternity, whether being good or bad, may affect her bonding with the baby.
NOTHING REPLACES BREAST MILK
Breast milk is essential until the baby is 6 months old, but it can be an excellent food supplement for much longer. The benefits for the mom and child are scientifically proven.
Benefits of breast milk for the baby
Physical and mental well-being, making the child happier⁴
Lower blood pressure total cholesterol⁵
Improvement of mental health until 14 years old⁶
Benefits for the breastfeeding mom
Stronger bond with the baby
Postpartum weight loss⁷
DID YOU KNOW?
Rede D’Or São Luiz, at Itaim, São Caetano and Anália Franco units, offers a support network to moms who gave birth in our hospitals. We have professionals who provide support regarding breastfeeding, courses for pregnant women, joint accommodation, milk bank services and a Breastfeeding Support Group – GAAM.
Click here and learn more.