New Moms, Take Care of Your Mental Health

May 23, 2024 | Children's Health, Parenting

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Bringing a new life into this world is a remarkable journey, filled with joy, wonder and its fair share of challenges. 

For new moms, one of the most significant concerns often revolves around ensuring your little one receives the best nutrition possible. 

Breastfeeding, touted as nature’s perfect food, is a path many moms embark upon with great enthusiasm and determination. However, the reality of breastfeeding isn’t always what’s expected.

In this ParentingU Extra Credit podcast episode, Elizabeth Wallis, MD, pediatrician with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, shares her personal journey with breastfeeding and encourages moms to take care of themselves and know it’s OK if things don’t go as planned.

Breastfeeding Reality

A fed baby is best.

“Not everybody can breastfeed, and that’s OK,” Dr. Wallis says. “Listen to your body and your baby.”

The pressure to breastfeed can weigh heavily on new mothers, exacerbating feelings of inadequacy and guilt. Dr. Wallis advocates for a shift in perspective and doing what’s best for your situation.

Whether breastfeeding comes easily or proves to be a challenge, remember that you are doing your best, and that’s more than enough. You’re doing a great job!

Prioritize Your Well-Being

As babies grow and develop, the demands of parenthood evolve alongside them. From sleepless nights with newborns to the challenges of toddlerhood and beyond into waiting up for a teen to come home from work, the need for self-care and attention to your mental health remains constant.

Dr. Wallis reminds parents to carve out time for themselves, whether through regular exercise, pursuing hobbies or simply taking a moment to breathe. Self-care is non-negotiable.

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