Hey mama! Yeah, I'm talking to you the lady that’s exhausted from breastfeeding day and night. The woman that has dedicated her time and energy to this little bundle of joy with little to no time for self. You have nothing to worry about, you are doing great! Nevertheless, I have a few tips to help with breastfeeding and also treating yourself when the time allows.
If you are having difficulty getting your child to latch on, do not panic. Latching is a natural instinct for new babies, they only need a helping hand to find your nipple.
I want to remind you that feeling intimidated and frustrated is normal in this process, your life is going through a major shift.
It is best to always make sure your nipple is completely in your babies mouth and not just the tip. If he/she is only sucking the tip, it will hurt... A LOT.
It may take a few turns to get your baby to open their mouths completely. My advice is to grab hold of your breasts, and shove as much into their mouth as possible (nipple first, of course). Also, the preferred method to remove your nipple from the babies mouth is to stick your pinky finger in, and slide your nipple out. Trust me, pulling your nipple out from that suction will leave you sore and less likely to want to continue breastfeeding in the future.
Sometimes, even the most disciplined mother has difficulty producing enough milk for her babies. This is normal, and there are solutions out there. My personal favorite milk enhancer is Mother’s Milk Herbal Tea this product is not only organic, but it is 100% effective. It has been praised in the herbal community due to its combination of cardamom, fennel, and shatavari to support breast milk production and support healthy lactation. The beauty of Mother‘s Milk is that you can drink a few cups before bed, and wake up with breasts that feel like silicone. Yes, it’s that effective, but remember consistency is key.
Another tried and true way to produce healthy laceration is to EAT, and not just a few bags of chips and a cold drink. To ensure your body is producing each and everything that your baby needs, nutrition is key. If you do not eat well enough, your body will take everything your cells stored for your health and give it to the baby. It is imperative a mother feeds herself because the baby will need her to be her best self, and that can not occur if she is drained of all nutrients. It should go without saying that water is the number drink on the list for breastfeeding mothers. The more water you drink the more milk, and since breast milk contains the fatty aspect of the foods eaten. High fiber and high fatty foods are great snack choices such as, avocados, almonds, salmon, cashews, apples, etc.
Don’t forget your vitamins! I know you may be sick of taking prenatal vitamins, or maybe they made you nauseous during your pregnancy. Either way, your vitamins are an excellent way to ensure you get those nutrients that you may have missed in your day to day life. Some doctors suggest to continue using your prenatals as a source of daily vitamin intake. Those don’t work for you? Well, I suggest using any brand of woman’s vitamins that make you feel like your best self. Since your little one will be draining the majority of your vitamins, its important to get something that makes you feel like you. I personally enjoy the Olly Brand Women‘s SuperFoods Multi.
Whatever you choose will be the best decision for you, and your body will support it either way. Make that baby proud by taking care of yourself.
As a new mother, it is sometimes easy to forget you are a woman first. Breastfeeding can be mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausting as much as it can be rewarding. So I’m here to give my three recipes for a happy mother.
Yes, the old saying is true, sleeping when your baby is asleep is vital for your mental health. Especially during the first four months, those buddy nap sessions will be exactly what you need to keep your mind clear of frustration. If you think denying yourself is the best thing for your child, you are wrong. Your baby needs you to be your best self in order to grow into a emotionally healthy human being.
I think all mothers fall victim to not showering. It is so important to cleanse your body, as well as, taking that moment to breathe. Showers are our safe havens, they give us room to breathe, reflect, meditate, and just be. Those moments are important for new moms to remember that they are women, first.
Vitamin D! Our truest and longest living friend on this lovely green earth. Sharing moments in nature is so important for your spiritual mind. The best part about sunlight is the moment can be shared with your baby, while breastfeeding, if you choose. It is a natural source of vitamin d instead of the generic form the pediatrician gives you for the little one. Mr. Sun also gives us something that cannot be replaced, and that is some good old prana food. Prana is not only the basic life force, it is the original creative power.
Breastfeeding the most considerate decision a mother could make for her baby. It creates a strong foundation for the babies mental, physical, and spiritual health. It teaches self confidence and emotional security, it feeds natural energy, and creates an unbreakable bond.
Thank you for reading! And don’t forget to love yourself ❤️