One thing that is often not shared about breastfeeding is just how hard it can be. It’s really important for moms to realize that if it doesn’t come easy, it doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong or that you are at fault. It’s also important to note that if you’re unable to breastfeed, that’s OK too. A healthy baby is a fed baby. It’s whatever works for you.
Grab your notepad and jot these down – they’re simple reminders that you can circle back to daily.
Eat! I know you want to lose the baby weight, but it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough food and nutrients. Once you’ve given birth your nutrition needs change and your body is in recovery mode, so make sure you’re eating enough.
Ensure you’re getting adequate vitamins and nutrients. Our needs change during pregnancy and postpartum, so you must get enough iron, calcium, folate, and protein to recover properly and produce enough milk. Focus on adding in plenty of whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Healthy fat sources are essential for milk production, so add avocado, olive oil, or nuts into your daily meals.
Drink lots of water. Like lots! Drink water all day, every day. Grab a 32 oz water bottle and fill it up at least 2-3 times per day; this will help with recovery and milk production.
Move your body. It’s easy to lose your posture during pregnancy and postpartum, especially if breastfeeding; move in a way that feels good to you in this new season of life. It will likely be different than it was before, and that’s ok. Find ways to move in each stage of recovery (cleaning, taking the dog for a walk, chasing after kids are all moving).
Take time to yourself. I get it. It feels impossible, especially if you are in the fourth trimester. A hot shower, a quick step outside, a face mask, a hot cup of coffee, whatever it is, even if it’s only two minutes, will make all the difference in your mood and how you show up for your baby. Stress affects milk supply, so take a deep breath.
It’s all so tough, but you’ve got this, mama!