It is so easy to get lost in the feeding and pumping grind. Don't we know it. Feels like you are feeding, pumping, washing pump parts and then doing it all over again.
You know how they say, "put your oxygen mask on before you put your child's on?" This is that but applied to baby feeding. Remember, you have to take care of yourself so you can continue to take care of your baby. See if you can take a minute today and try to integrate one or more of the following tips:
1️⃣ Rest and Sleep: Adequate rest is a must! Take short naps during the day when your baby sleeps and consider getting help from your partner or support person during nighttime feedings to ensure you get the rest you deserve.
2️⃣ Balanced Nutrition: Nurture your body with a well-balanced and nutritious diet to support your feeding journey. Opt for nutrient-rich foods and remember to stay hydrated by drinking water and eating high-water-content foods.
3️⃣ Hygiene and Personal Care: Simple acts like a warm shower, washing your face, and fresh clothes can rejuvenate your spirits and make you feel your best.
4️⃣ Emotional Support and Communication: Connect with a supportive network of friends, family, or fellow nursing mothers. Sharing your feelings and experiences can be therapeutic and provide the emotional support we all need.
5️⃣ Take Breaks and Relax: Make time for relaxation activities that reduce stress and bring joy. Whether it’s reading, walking, practicing mindfulness, or gentle yoga, embrace these moments to recharge.
***Bonus Tip: Remember, you don’t have to do it all alone! Asking for help and delegating responsibilities can lighten your load and create more space for self-care.