Welcoming a new member into the family is an exciting and joyful experience. Having the necessary pregnancy and postpartum resources is essential. Here are nurse-approved and mom-favorite resources that can ease the transition into motherhood while also promoting health for you and your baby.

La Leche League International

When you need breastfeeding support, the La Leche League is there connecting mothers with other mothers for encouragement, information, and education. Their online communities and group meetings provide a welcoming environment where you can discuss breastfeeding, and challenges like establishing a good latch, managing milk supply, and balancing breastfeeding with other aspects of life.

Postpartum Depression Resources

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common condition that affects many new mothers. It’s important to seek support from a healthcare provider if you or someone you know is experiencing PPD. Here are some helpful resources:

  • Postpartum Support International: A global organization that provides support, education, and resources for individuals and families experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including PPD. Resources include a helpline, online support groups, and a directory of local support coordinators.
  • Online Communities and Forums: These groups can provide support and a platform for connecting with other individuals who have experienced or are currently experiencing PPD.
  • In-Person Local Support Groups and Services: Check with hospitals, clinics, community centers, and mental health organizations in your local area. These groups often provide a safe space for sharing experiences and receiving guidance.
  • Healthcare Providers: Reach out to your pregnancy or primary care provider. Use them as a resource for guidance, support, and referrals to mental health professionals who specialize in PPD.

Postpartum depression affects about 1 in 8 women who have recently given birth. It is common and treatable. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

Belly Band

A belly band is a garment worn around the abdomen and lower back during pregnancy. It’s made of soft and stretchy fabric. The band provides support, comfort, and stability to your growing belly and relieves some discomfort associated with pregnancy. It may help reduce back pain and pelvic pressure.

Some moms wear the band after pregnancy because it can support better posture and stability, especially during activities that involve standing or walking for extended periods.

Belly bands also offer relief and support during pregnancy but are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Pregnant women should consult with their healthcare provider to determine if a belly band is suitable for their specific needs, and to address any concerns or complications related to their pregnancy and planned birth.

Nursing Support Pillows

Nursing support pillows are beloved by moms and babies everywhere! From the wraparound design and adjustable cushions, nursing pillows are designed to provide support and comfort to you and position your baby for a better latch during breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

Look for pillows made from soft, plush fabric with a filling that offers both firmness and flexibility to keep pressure off your tender stomach. Pillows that come with removable, washable covers are easier to keep clean and ready for your next nursing session. Additionally, consider using a nursing pillow against your incision when sneezing or coughing to provide abdominal support. You may also want a pillow that provides back and lumbar support, especially after cesarean surgery.

Baby Sound Machine

Baby sound machines or white noise machines are devices designed to create soothing sounds and can help your baby relax or sleep. The consistent and calming background noise drowns out disturbances, helping baby relax, fall asleep, or stay asleep longer. Choose from white noise, nature sounds, lullabies, or heartbeat sounds that mimic the comfort of the womb.

Newborn Skin, Hair, and Nails Kit

A newborn grooming kit is a collection of essential items that can help you take care of your baby’s needs. These kits contain accessories designed specifically for infants.

Store away from baby’s reach to avoid the items becoming a choking hazard.

  1. Soft-bristle brush to gently brush their hair
  2. Comb to gently untangle any knots in baby’s hair
  3. Nail clippers or file to trim baby’s nails safely. They often have rounded edges or guards to prevent accidental cuts
  4. Nasal aspirator helps clear a baby’s nasal passages by gently suctioning out mucus or congestion
  5. Digital thermometer measures baby’s body temperature. Rectal thermometers for newborns provide the most accurate readings
  6. Grooming scissors have round tips for trimming hair or for other needs

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Danielle Beasley, PhD, RN, RNC-OB, CNE is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, College of Nursing. She specializes in Maternal-Child Nursing, with an emphasis in labor and delivery.

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