5 Reasons to Hire a Baby Nurse
Updated: Jan 19, 2021
Lets face it- breastfeeding is not always a glamorous process. It is time consuming, exhausting, and moms live their life in three hour increments. The one lactation consultant meeting in the hospital is not enough to make a mom confident in her new breastfeeding routine. Complications, tricks, and figuring out if the baby is eating well enough are all things a baby nurse can help with.
2. Sleep Benefits
It’s no secret that both parents are significantly sleep deprived with a newborn. Multiple studies have shown it can take a full year for the mom to recover both physically and mentally from giving birth. Unfortunately, other life obligations do not stop during that year. Having a baby nurse to help cover the feeds during the night not only helps sleep, but it helps parents recover more quickly so that they can get back in the routine of life more quickly, too.
3. Establish Routines
Having a new life in the household can shake things up a bit. Baby nurses can help establish all routines to get the family in a comfortable flow. Breastfeeding, bottle feeding, activities, household chores, and sleep training routines are all things baby nurses can help establish in order to best function after they leave. If there are other children in the family, baby nurses can help both parents have more time to dedicate to helping the other children transition, too.
Whether it’s the first baby or fourth, parents still have questions. Baby nurses will help minimize the amount of times parents ask themselves, “Is my baby normal? Is it normal for him to do that?”. They can also help determine when is a good time to call the pediatrician for concerns and when to try certain things at home, first. They can even help educate about the baby’s growth and development and which activities will best support their growing minds. From safe sleep practices to lactation issues and everything in between- a baby nurse will answer all the burning questions!
5. Help the Mom Recuperate
Moms need care too! Many moms feel that once the baby is born, all focus is given to the baby and how he or she is doing, sleeping, eating, etc. What about the mom? The one who just gave birth? The body still goes through many changes postpartum. Not only can baby nurses give the much needed rest a mom deserves, but they can help navigate her health questions as well.
Jeri Ford, RN, BSN, CPN