Self-Care Tips for Busy Nursing Moms
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Many new moms will say that life as a breastfeeding mom is not always easy, simply because there is so much to get used to on top of realizing that you are now a parent with round-the-clock nursing responsibilities. And if you're not a first-time parent, it can still be challenging if you have other children to make time for at a time that can be particularly demanding. So if you are finding it overwhelming in the nursing phase, Millenial Mom is here to help you be a better mom to your newborn and the rest of your family.
Getting Adequate Sleep is Vital
Obviously, getting adequate sleep is vital for anyone to function efficiently during the day. However, rest is even more essential for nursing moms as they often require the extra energy to focus on tending to a newborn while balancing her other familial obligations. Without it, you will probably be more grumpy and irritable than usual, and it might even impact your milk supply at the end of the day. Therefore, take the time to rest and make sure you are getting sufficient sleep at night to feel your best the next day.
On a related note, don’t forget that sleep doesn’t just happen at home – so if you’ll be traveling, or you anticipate the occasional nervous trip to the hospital, remember to keep a bag ready with everything you need, including some comfortable sleepwear.
Consume a Nutritious Diet
Watching what you eat is also a critical component of feeling healthier and more energized, especially when you are breastfeeding. Eating a balanced diet will ensure that you have the energy you need to nurse your baby and still take care of the household and will give you peace of mind that your newborn is getting the nutrients they need to thrive.
Mind Your Mental Health
Indeed, motherhood can seem overwhelming at times, especially when you have a lot on your plate, and you have to be there and present for your other children too. In this case, you may find meditation beneficial as it provides you with that time in a day when you just need to relax and rejuvenate your mind and emotions to feel refreshed and more ready to take on the remainder of the day. Here, it’s about focusing on what will bring you peace and contentment, whether it is meditating on a biblical scripture or concentrating on the sights and sounds of nature.
If you’re feeling especially overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help. A great way to be proactive about your own mental health is to look at therapist costs and consider online appointments that will allow you to focus on your own wellness without the difficult necessity of finding time to leave your home.
Balancing Your Time Better
Perhaps you have other children to take care of in addition to nursing your newborn, in which case it can seem a lot to deal with if you don't have help or assistance in this area. This is where the knowledge and expertise of a doula can come in handy to help you prepare your day better and get into the groove of motherhood more easily. They can also help you tend to your household duties while you focus on making time for your other children. Speaking of which, spending time with your other children will require prioritizing your day better so that you can do something special with just you and them.
When all is said and done, nursing a newborn will probably be a big adjustment for you and your family because it will require much more time out of your day than you or your family is used to. That's why it is so vital to make sure that you are utilizing the time you do have to the best of your ability by taking advantage of any help that is available, as well as making sure that you also have some aside for yourself in the day so that you can be the mom you aspire to be.
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