Lansinoh and Midwife Marley (BA RM Diphe) provide top tips for how to support new and expectant mums during lockdown 2.0.
With England currently under a second lockdown, breastfeeding brand, Lansinoh, is encouraging family and friends to reach out and support new and expectant mums. This advice follows a study during the first national lockdown in March, which found that new and expectant mums’ mental health was impacted by reduced social interactions.
In June 2020, Lansinoh conducted a survey* which found that the first UK lockdown led to increased levels of anxiety and loneliness in new and expectant mums, due to not being able to spend this special time with friends or family.
70% of those surveyed reported increased anxiety levels, whilst 60% reported increased levels of loneliness. What’s more, 12% claimed they hadn’t left their home at all during lockdown, with 26% only leaving their home once a week.
Meanwhile, research* uncovered by Lansinoh, has found that one in five new mums will experience a mental health issue during the fourth trimester, yet 85% of mums believe society does not understand or support mothers enough.
Speaking of her personal experience, Molly Chadwick, a new mum from Bradford who gave birth in May, explains: “I’ve found becoming a new mum a little bit strange. I was fully prepared to have a magical maternity leave – spending time with friends, going to baby and me clubs, meeting new mummies and enjoying every moment I had with my little girl. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case.
“I also feel for my little girl, who hasn’t met many of her family members or my friends and has only seen masked faces when out in public.”
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