The postpartum period can be a time of newfound joys, emotions, and experiences with your new baby. Embrace the new beginning.
When you are discharged from the hospital, you will receive detailed instructions on how to care for your body during the post partum period. This guidance will differ depending on the type of delivery you had (vaginal or cesarean section.) This information will include one of the following:
In general, we encourage you to:
- Rest as much as possible, especially when the baby is sleeping.
- Continue to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids. This is especially important if you are breastfeeding.
- Call our office if you are having any problems during the postpartum period
The benefits of breastfeeding both for the new mom and baby are well known and we encourage new moms to explore this option thoroughly. Learning how to breastfeed your baby is a process that takes time and patience. Remember that both you AND your baby are learning how to maneuver and become comfortable during feeding times.
Baystate Health offers a wealth of local resources and comprehensive support including breastfeeding consultants, products, classes, and more. We encourage you to take advantage of their services and as always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about breastfeeding. Click here to visit the Baystate Health Breastfeeding support page.
Additionally, La Leche League is an international organization with a local chapter, providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Click here for more information on the local chapter's meeting time and links to La Leche League forums where you can chat with other new moms.
If you are experiencing trouble breastfeeding or any breast problems such as pain, redness, fever, cracking nipples, please call our office to speak with a nurse. We are always here to help.
Post partum depression can affect ANY woman after pregnancy. We are here to help you medically and emotionally. If you are experiencing any signs of depression it is critical for your health and your baby's health to speak to a healthcare professional. Our nurses and practitioners can provide you with numerous resources, information on support groups, and when necessary, a referral to a specialist. We're here to provide you with support, guidance, and appropriate medical care.
Baystate Medical Center's support group for postpartum moms
New Mother Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics
Happiest Baby on the Block
New mother classes and support groups at Baystate Medical Center
Classes include postpartum support group, breastfeeding, postnatal yoga, new mother support group, and more!
Postpartum and Motherhood support from MotherWoman