Becoming a parent and taking care of a new baby is a joy that also brings some stress and anxiety for many mothers. And doing all of this during the uncertainty and stress of a pandemic can be especially challenging. But support for new mothers is available!
On a recent episode of COVID-19 Community Conversations, Host Leah Lemm spoke with Shashana Craft, the founder of the Minneapolis Indigenous Breastfeeding Support Circle.
“We meet twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month and we encourage families to come on and talk about what’s going on we have and we have a check-in. We do virtual smudge, we smudge in our places.” Craft said.
Shashona says finding good support is critical during pregnancy and for post-partum moms.
“I work with my family’s from the get-go creating goals for yourself and finding a support system whether its auntie, your mom or friend, a mentor. Whoever it is to support you and learning about yourself and helping to raise your newborn. It’s so important so that you don’t become overwhelmed and anxious and sad. It’s important to have that support system in place before baby gets here.” said Craft.
For more resources and information look for the Minneapolis Indigenous Breastfeeding Support Circle on Facebook