Get a Social Life: Why Friends and Connections Are so Important for Moms

Feeling lonely? Many moms and dads understandably feel isolated and alone with a new baby.

Friends from your life before kids may not understand everything you’re going through, and that can leave you feeling unsupported. Researchers have examined the importance of social connections and support to new parents' well-being. As they are typically the primary caregivers and often the at-home parent with a new baby, this is particularly true for moms.

The bottom line is that parents need to know they’re supported and validated. Surround yourself with a core group of go-to people with whom you can count on to vent or just laugh with—whether about parenting or life in general—even if you are only connecting by phone or online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join a parent-baby playgroup or a fun parent-baby class in your community (check for contacts for these groups at local coffee houses, YMCAs, places of worship or other community gathering places). Many of these groups and classes may have moved online during the pandemic to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19. Search online for them or ask the groups in your community if they have an online meeting place.

These groups have the built-in opportunity to make friends and share experiences with other parents in the same boat as you.

See also ...

•  The power of social connection and health

•  Playgroup participation and social support

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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