Lockdown parenting can be really tough but Nurslings is here to help
Becoming a new parent is a terrifying, rewarding, baffling, heart-swelling, all-encompassing experience and the pandemic has heaped on more and more pressure.
|Kingsbridge Nurslings group (pre-Covid) at the Family Church in Kingsbridge|
But there is a local group out there that are committed to supporting new mums in a non-judgemental space where you can draw on the combined knowledge of other women who have been there and done that.
Nurslings used to run in-person baby and toddler groups (remember people being in the same room as each other?) and since lockdown they have moved online with video calls and 1-2-1 support sessions.
Steph Pope, one of the breastfeeding peer-supporters in the Kingsbridge branch of Nurslings (there are also branches in Totnes and Dartmouth) explained: "We provide evidence based information and resources regarding breastfeeding, chestfeeding, combi-feeding and normal infant behaviour plus signposting where necessary - from friendly, non-judgemental fellow mums who've been there ourselves and have a wealth of combined experience between us.
"Our main aim is to offer community support to local families with feeding their babies and to be a part of the village that every mum needs."
Our main aim is to offer community support to local families with feeding their babies and to be a part of the village that every mum needs
Being able to speak to other women who have been in the same situation can be invaluable. However much reading and research you do while you're pregnant, the moment they pass you that tiny, little, warm, bundle your whole world turns upside down.
Once your partner is back to work, which is usually when the baby is two weeks old, you're left to deal with everything by yourself and it can be intimidating. Knowing you have a group of people behind you, where you can ask questions without fear of judgement, is invaluable.
Knowing you have a group of people behind you, where you can ask questions without fear of judgement, is invaluable
Having a group-chat who you can text at 3am to keep from slipping into sleep-deprived madness, and have people actually text you back, can be life-saving.
You literally cannot ask these women a bad question, they will always make sure you get the information you need.
You literally cannot ask these women a bad question, they will always make sure you get the information you need
You can contact Nurslings via their Facebook page or you can email them on email@example.com. Once you have made contact, you can get involved with their private Nursling groups, where you can also get support and take part in their weekly Zoom calls.
If there is anything specific or breastfeeding/chestfeeding related, Nurslings can offer you 1-2-1 Zoom chats.
When my son was born, Nurslings groups were a real life-line and I have made real, long-term friends through it and realised that most of the things you worry about has happened to almost everyone at one time or another. And generally, babies and children are weird but much more resilient and hardy than they look.
Good luck to everyone dealing with children in the pandemic, and extra shout outs (and hugs) to those with lockdown babies.
- Sam Acourt, Editor
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