I know you’re tired, and you’re adjusting, and your body feels a million different ways. I know you’re doing your best to care for yourself and your loved ones and your little one, all at the same time. I’m here to tell you that you are an amazing, fierce, beautiful human with purpose and power and dreams and so much capacity for love…look at you go! I’m also here to tell you to take care of yourself…and to offer three simple #selfcare tips that will help you on your breastfeeding journey.
Focus on what you do have in the moment, not what is missing.
If we focus on how inadequate we feel, our body slows down milk production. Instead, try remaining truly present – look into your little one’s eyes, talk to them, rub their little arm or back, create a connection while providing your baby with comfort.
Oxytocin, the same hormone that is responsible for the feeling of love and connectedness, is connected to breastfeeding. Milk production depends primarily on your baby’s needs. So don’t worry, you will have enough milk. The more your baby nurses, the more milk you’ll have.
Something that really isn’t talked about all that much is allowing yourself to get comfortable. Since you are going to be spending a significant amount of time holding your baby to your breast while they feed, your comfort is important. I recommend one of two positions for comfortable breastfeeding:
⁃Lie on your side with your baby facing you.
⁃Sit in a reclined position with your baby lying in your arms.
The more attentive you are to your own comfort, the more nursing sessions will be a pleasant break for both you and your baby.
Dry skin happens
Taking care of your skin with a healing product is one of the best ways to keep the breastfeeding process enjoyable for both you and your baby. When you’re comfortable, your baby will be comfortable and you can use nursing as a way to deepen the already strong bond you feel for your newborn child.
With regular nursing, your skin can become dry, chapped, irritated, and cracked. This can make breastfeeding a painful experience. Here are a few tips for avoiding this:
⁃Don’t overwash. One or two showers a day with a gentle cleanser is plenty.
⁃After a feeding, pat your breasts dry with a soft cloth.
⁃Let your breasts air out periodically to avoid irritation from clothing.
The internet is full of overwhelming tips + tricks. But sometimes, the best things are the simple things – things like presence, pajamas, and cleanser! Stay strong, lady. You’re doing great.