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Essential Self-Care Advice for Breastfeeding Moms

Written by: Cindy Aldridge

New mothers have a seemingly endless to-do list, and breastfeeding is one of the top priorities. While it is a tremendous experience caring for the baby, there comes a time when every new mama needs to care for herself too. After all, when you are your happiest, you’re a better mom, partner, and caregiver. Today, Balancing Life and Kids shares essential guidelines fr self-care so you can be your best self.

Create a Personal Sanctuary

According to the University of Minnesota, our space and environment deeply affect our mood and wellbeing. That’s why it’s important to curate your space so that you feel the best in it. We’d suggest creating a little corner or room in your home for nursing. Set this up to be serene, calming, and relaxing. You can do this by adding neutral-toned decor elements, candles, plants, and a comfortable nursing chair. Ensure that the space is clean, organized, and decluttered, and address any issues upfront so that the atmosphere is healing and healthy. Don’t forget to set the area up with storage or a basket to hold all your nursing supplies. When you’re nursing, consider using the space as a holistic experience by playing soothing music to calm you and the baby.

Prioritize Family

Spending time with loved ones is an excellent form of self-care. New moms tend to be task-oriented those first few years and may forget to sit down and actually enjoy their family’s company. We’d suggest spending quality time doing an activity or having a great conversation. This will help take your mind off other stressors. For example, prioritizing your other children equally during this time will improve your bond and leave you feeling content. Come up with a plan of attack on how you can do this. Some options include being available for bedtime each night and planning new experiences together, so you have something to look forward to.

Make Time for Yourself

Me-time is essential for all of us, but especially for new mothers. It can be the difference between thriving within all the new responsibilities or crumbling under pressure. Following are a few ways to show up for yourself:

Listen to your favorite music: DailyGood reports that music increases feelings of happiness, joy, and spontaneity. Listen to your favorite songs for a quick burst of serotonin between your tasks.

Shower every day: If you can, do a face mask before or elevate the experience by lighting a candle or listening to a podcast. Shave, exfoliate, and moisturize, too - these easy steps will have you feeling like a brand new woman in no time!

Eat well: Not only is eating nutritious food important during breastfeeding, but it can also give you more energy and make you feel more confident. Fill your pantry with breastfeeding-friendly snacks and foods rich in fiber, protein, and veggies.

Hydrate yourself: Breastfeeding can deplete your fluids, so you need to be topping up your body with more water. Download a water intake tracking app and set up water bottles all around the house, so you remember.

Reward yourself: It’s no secret that parenting and gratitude don’t always go hand-in-hand, so don’t be shy about treating yourself from time to time. If you’re looking for something that’s both artistic and tasty, FruitFlowers flower bouquets are a great option!

Get a good night’s rest: This is arguably the most challenging when you have a newborn, but it helps you feel your best. Ask your partner to pitch in and avoid blue light right before bed for healthy sleep.

Any new mom will agree that breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding parts of new motherhood. At the same time, it is also incredibly challenging - you can’t prepare much beforehand, and the process comes with its own set of stress and expectations. Not to mention, it can take a real toll on your body. That’s why it’s important to occasionally take a step back, relax, and luxuriate in your self-care. You’ve earned it.

Balancing Life and Kids provides emotional and mental support to individuals going through suffering, guiding them into healing, health, and hope. Feel free to contact us today!
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