Online Groups & Websites for New Moms:
Links to Places in the Neighborhood for New Moms:
Tips on the Links Above:
- New Mom Email Group: Join the Email New Mom Group to keep in the loop with other New Moms (send email asking to be added)
- NorthEndWaterfront.com: Incredible resource of all the news in the Neighborhood
- Warner Wellness: Meghan Warner's website
- NEWMA Google Group: Join the Google Group to stay connected to families in the neighborhood (similar to "JP Moms" or "Garden Moms")
- Facebook: Join the local New Moms Facebook page
- Mass Birth: An excellent website with loads of resources for pregnant and New Moms
- Nazzaro Center: Join us every Thursday Morning from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
- New Health: North End Waterfront Health Clinic associated with MGH
- North End Library: Every Tuesday 11:15 am - 12:00 am Story Time
- Friend of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP): This group host many family friendly activities in Columbus Park
The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression or anxiety. Many new moms experience the "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme form of postpartum depression known as postpartum psychosis develops after childbirth. Postpartum depression and/or anxiety isn't a character flaw or a weakness. Sometimes it's simply a complication of giving birth. If you have postpartum depression or anxiety, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby. You are not alone - ask for help!
I have loads of resources - call me ANYTIME - Meghan 781-639-6002
Got breastfeeding issues? Get advice from the experts -- moms who got it right. Paid pros, like lactation consultants, are great, but sometimes mom-to-mom tips are the ones that really click.
- Avoid comparisons. One of the biggest mistake nursing mamas make is compare themselves to what other nursing mamas are doing. Each nursing relationship is unique. Do not expect your nursing experience to be like other moms: some have too much milk, some have too little.
- Be sure to get a good latch. If you do not think your baby is latching correctly then get help early.
- Trust yourself. Before you quit, give yourself time (6 to 8 weeks) to adjust to breastfeeding.
- Keep well hydrated. Get a water bottle with a straw and keep it filled to the brim. You never know when you'll get thirsty, and it might not be a convenient time [like while you're nursing] to get more water.
- Get a Boppy. The Boppy can make a world of difference. It just makes it easier to have one hand free while you nurse.
- Burp your baby. Take time to burp your baby, they will be more comfortable.
- Try different positions. Find the position that works best for you and your baby, football hold, cross cradle, side-line etc.
- Keep at it even if you have a cold. Your breast milk will help keep your child from catching your cold.
- If you need to, supplement. You can do both -- breast feed and formula feed. It doesn't have to be only breast milk, but every drop your child gets is beneficial.
- Don't worry if your baby looks tiny. Babies do not start looking chubby until they're into their 8th pound which can take six weeks.
- Practice nursing in public. Many mothers feel uncomfortable about nursing in public, practice in front of a mirror so that I know what people can and can't see. As for other people giving you unpleasant looks, don't plan on looking up! Just look lovingly at my daughter or son.
Jennifer B. Greenberg, M.Ed., PCD, IBCLC
Learning to massage your infant can help nurture your baby's psychological, physiological, and developmental growth. Massage can help relieve the pain from gas and constipation, improve blood circulation, reduce stress horomones, stimulate neurological development, improve sleep patterns, reduce fussiness, and improve immune function. And, if that isn't enough, infant massage is a wonderful way to spend time and bond with your new baby.
Anchor & Protect - Secure TV's & Furniture: Three children every hour, or 71 children a day - are injured EVERY SINGLE DAY by falling furniture, and a child dies every two weeks from a furniture tip-over! If your baby is crawling it is time to secure your furniture to the walls.
Raising awareness about the danger of furniture and TV tip-over
Meghan Agnes Beck died on December 18, 2004, at the age of 3, when her dresser fell on her while the rest of the family slept. Her death was preventable. A few dollars and a few minutes to secure her dresser would have saved her life. Don't make the same mistake we did. Be safety smart. Learn to prevent tip-over in your home today. Holes in walls can be repaired. A hole in the heart, cannot be.