Self care for breastfeeding moms is often something that gets pushed right to the bottom of the to-do list. As mothers, we can face a lot of pressure when it comes to breastfeeding, hearing that ‘breast is best’ and feeling as though we’re failing if we cannot breastfeed or are finding it hard. Regardless of the method you use to feed your baby, comments and pressure surrounding breastfeeding can be a detriment to your mental and physical wellbeing.
We want to do the very best for our babies, but we shouldn’t forget that our own self-care is also important – especially when we’ve got swollen breasts, chafing nipples, and the occasional unwanted nibble to contend with!
At The Ribbon Box, we know that your well-being contributes to the happiness of your baby, so we reached out to Julie Morris, a life and work coach, to chat through some helpful tips on self care for breastfeeding moms.
Read on to learn how you can start to be more mindful of your own well-being during this crucial time for early motherhood.
Breastfeeding and self care
Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to connect with your child and give them the nutrients they need to thrive. It’s also super hard! Even moms who have a relatively easy time with breastfeeding still have to deal with lost time, bodily autonomy issues, and let’s not forget the occasional unwelcome bite.
Moreover, some people really struggle to breastfeed, especially at the start. The pressure to make it work can really begin to wear down new parents’ psyches which are, frankly put, already in a pretty delicate position. That’s why self-care is so important for breastfeeding moms, whether they’re brand new to the process or not. Here are some tips for taking care of yourself during your breastfeeding journey.