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Your Healthy Family: Q&A about new mom group at UCHealth Memorial North

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Group meetings for new moms benefit both mother and child Group meetings for new moms benefit both mother and child
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Today we're learning about about support groups for new moms, with the help of special Your Healthy Family correspondent, new mom, and someone who's directly benefited from a new mom's group, News5's Brie Groves.  Brie sat down for a Q&A with Sara Lavin, a registered nurse who runs the weekly Tuesday morning new mom group at UCHealth Memorial North on Briargate Parkway in Colorado Springs.   

Brie: You run the group here at Memorial North, and part of it does focus on lactation, that's what we're talking about all this week for World Breastfeeding Week, and as far as my experience goes it's not something that always comes natural so these groups are great to have.  

Sara: This group means every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 to support moms as much as possible with breastfeeding.  We have a scale that we can we use to weigh the babies for moms who are concerned about their baby getting enough milk. Weight gain is one of the best indicators to tell is a baby is getting the nutrition they need.  It’s also nice to have a group setting so moms can talk about their issues or their successes, and what is working for them and what is not working for them.  You can come anytime to the class, there's no registration no fee, you don't have to have delivered at Memorial.  

Brie:  It's just kind of nice to be with other people who are in the same boat, so when you do the weighing for example, it's kind of reassuring.  Also if you're feeding him or if you're using formula to supplement, a lot of moms don't understand that they can do that because they feel the guilt of having to feed their baby one certain way.

Sara:  Yes new moms can be super hard on themselves, and that makes it hard on them.  Some moms can get super depressed about that things like having to supplement feedings.  

Brie:  What are some of the biggest tips that you would have for new moms?

Sara:  One of the biggest things would be to relax as much as possible, which is hard to do when it's a new thing and maybe not working out.  The more you relax the more the baby will relax because the baby can totally sense your tension.  

Brie:  How old can the  babies be or how long can moms come to this group?

Sara:  We don't have a limit on that.  We have some babies that are up walking, or that are over a year old, and some are just a week old.  Most of the moms and babies are fairly close to being newborns, or just a week old.

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