Between the late-night feedings and constant diaper changes, it’s easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed as a new mom. Seek out other new moms to get the support and encouragement you need.
- Step 1: Start your own play group or join an existing one. Many advertise on community bulletin boards or in neighborhood newsletters.
- Step 2: Delve online to find local parenting forums, blogs, and groups. Contact friends via social networking sites to seek out new moms and arrange meet-ups.
- FACT: La Leche League International was founded in 1956, when breastfeeding rates in the U.S. had dropped to 20 percent.
- Step 3: Join an enrichment class with your baby. Exercise in a stroller fitness class, gain music appreciation, or learn sign language, but whatever you do, talk to those moms.
- Step 4: Bundle up the baby and venture to your local park to breathe the fresh air. Your baby can enjoy the playground while you connect with the other moms there.
- TIP: Check your hospital discharge papers or contact your pediatrician for a listing of area resources.
- Step 5: Attend the story time at your local library or bookstore to find moms in the same boat. Many of these programs are free.
- Step 6: Join a mom's group or breastfeeding support group. Members will definitely understand your complaints about sore nipples and sleepless nights.