Advice for New Moms from Experienced Parents

At South Shore Health System, we welcome thousands of babies each year at South Shore Hospital. Pediatricians at South Shore Medical Center help moms and dads to keep their newborns healthy. In addition to our clinical expertise when it comes to babies, many of our caregivers are also parents themselves.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our colleagues to share the best advice they have for new mothers. Here are some of our favorite responses.

Sleep When the Baby Sleeps

Having a new baby, recovering from birth, and breastfeeding is exhausting. Not getting enough sleep makes everything harder.

Moms need to sleep when baby sleeps, which means sleeping in chunks of time. Take two hours here, two hours there. Try to get the total daily time to 10 hours per 24 hours. This requires you to shut off the TV, the computer, the phone. Go in a quiet, dark room and sleep. You will feel so much better.

—Nannette Landry, Certified Nurse Midwife

Take a Victory Lap

You can take your newborn out and about any time. No need to wait three weeks—that’s old lore. Do victory laps around the neighborhood and show off your new child.

—James Mitterando, MD, South Shore Medical Center

Don’t Buy a Dresser

You do not need bureaus anymore. You’ll pick clothes from the dining room table or hampers, as the clean clothes never seem to make it into drawers.

—Cecil Hodges, Family Nurse Practitioner, South Shore Medical Center

Avoid Moisturizing Creams at First

Newborns will often shed skin, or you’ll see cracking of skin in places like your baby’s feet, for the first few weeks of life. This is not dry skin, but rather your child is shedding his or her old skin as they adjust to being outside the uterus. Avoid moisturizing creams—even those designed for babies—for the first few weeks as they have chemicals and scents that may irritate baby's skin.

—James Mitterando, MD, South Shore Medical Center

Leave the Dishes. Take the Snuggles.

When life gets crazy, I always slow down and think of the advice my Dad gave me. An empty sink isn’t what makes a happy home, the love and time you give your family does. So, if your baby wants to snuggle, you soak up all those snuggles while you can. The dishes will always be there and there will always be more. As my Dad says, "Someday, your house will be quite and too clean, and you will miss the chaos of little feet running through your house."

—Lacey Graham, RN, Maternal Special Care Unit at South Shore Hospital

Appreciate Every Moment—Even the Tough Ones

Write down cute and funny things the kids do and say and date it – even if it’s just one line. When you get home and all your child wants to do is tell you about their day, stop and listen. And it’s okay if your kids get mad at you. It’s because you are doing a great job at being a mom.

—Nicholle Lewis Family Medicine, Endocrinology and Nutrition Operations Manager, South Shore Medical Center

Enjoy the Ride

Always remember that you’re doing enough, even when you feel overwhelmed. Feed your baby, and feed yourself, and the rest will fall into place.

—Erin Anderson, PA-C, Family Medicine

Whether you’re an expectant mother, a new mom, an experienced mom or are struggling to become a mom, we wish all of our South Shore moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

What advice would you give a new mom? Let us know in the comments!