When you think about your journey into motherhood, there are probably several nurses that come to mind who have positively impacted your successes. From the nurses that tend to you during prenatal visits and help you through labor and delivery, to the nurses that offer postpartum advice and lactation support, nurses are incredible caregivers for moms-to-be and new moms.
National Nurses Week is coming up May 6-12 and we’re giving a big shout out to all of the nurses who champion motherhood. Because of you, new moms feel comforted, informed, and empowered to advocate for their own health and that of their babies. For this sacred time in your life, prenatal and breastfeeding support is a large part of that journey.
The theme of National Nurses Week is, “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” We thank nurses who embody these contributions and passionately work toward a healthier prenatal, birthing, postpartum, and breastfeeding experience for all moms.
Prenatal nurses treat new moms respectfully and with compassion during each visit. Especially for first-time moms, pregnancy can be a time of uncertainty and anxiety. Prenatal nurses help calm these jitters and hold the hands of moms-to-be through the pregnancy process. With recommendations to make pregnancy more comfortable and solutions that prepare expectant moms for the road ahead, they are an invaluable resource.
Nurse advice…As soon as your regular bras feel tight, purchase maternity bras and maternity tank tops that will help you transition to breastfeeding.
From the moment a pregnant mom walks through the hospital doors, labor and delivery nurses become, friends, confidants, and coaches. Through the potential long hours, pain, unexpected twists and turns, and eventual joy of welcoming a new baby, hospital nurses offer moms reassurance, comfort, and kindness. They may have been through labor and delivery with thousands of women, but they know how special this moment is for every mom and how to make it a true celebration of life for each family. And they listen to your wishes and support your goals too, such as breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth and exclusively breastfeeding in the hospital as long as it is healthy for you and your baby.
Nurse advice…Breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth supports a long and healthy breastfeeding relationship. Be sure to bring comfortable sleep and leisure nursing bras and nursing tank tops to the hospital.
Once your sweet baby has arrived, a whole new journey begins. Breastfeeding is one of the first and most important aspects of caring for a newborn and nurses are ready and willing to back you in this challenge. While breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t always come naturally to moms and babies. As new moms learn how to nourish their babies, nurses – many of whom are certified lactation consultants – offer hands-on logistical support including how to latch, breastfeeding positions, how often to breastfeed, and the best nursing bras and breastfeeding supplies for each stage of breastfeeding.
Nurse advice…There are nursing bras that support every aspect of your lifestyle. Start with flexible, stretchy styles that will expand as your milk production fluctuates in your early weeks and months of breastfeeding. Then add styles that meet your daily needs including underwire nursing bras, padded nursing bras, and sports nursing bras.
Whether your pregnancy was smooth and uneventful or full of complications; your labor and delivery was short and sweet or long and traumatic; breastfeeding has been simple or plagued by hurdles you’ve overcome, nurses have likely been your guiding light. This National Nurses Week, take the time to thank your nurses for their support and for helping you nurture your baby in the best way possible.
Cheers and thank you to nurses everywhere!