Postpartum breastfeeding can be stressful and a long-term drain on the mother’s resources.
It’s not something that can be easily avoided.
To help reduce the strain, the Mayo Clinic is offering some great tips on how to manage your body while you’re nursing your baby.
Here are some tips to help you get your tummies back to full health.
Eat a healthy breakfast to support your breast milk production.
While it’s perfectly fine to feed your baby a few teaspoons of protein before a meal, a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals is key to your breast growth and recovery.
You can add a little spinach to your breakfast and eat a bowl of oatmeal or a banana with a banana for a nutritious breakfast.
Eat fruit and vegetables to help boost your immune system.
The Mayo Clinic recommends eating three servings of fruits and vegetables each day to boost your body’s ability to fight infections.
You might also want to add some green leafy vegetables, such as kale, to your lunch.
Keep a healthy energy supply at all times.
Eating at a time when you are not feeling full will help your body get the energy it needs to produce more milk.
Try to avoid food at the same time you eat.
Stay hydrated and rest your muscles.
Resting is important to your body and helps you feel well rested and in good health.
Your muscles will be in better shape if you keep them hydrated.
Sleep in the comfort of your own home.
While there are plenty of places to nap in your home, a good quality bed will help keep you comfortable and hydrated during the night.
Your body needs sleep to heal.
Don’t get too far from your baby if possible.
Babies who are close to their mothers, who can share breast milk and breast energy, will need less nursing time and breastmilk production.
Babysitters and baby sitters are often too far away and may miss breastfeeding.
Babying at home can also help reduce stress levels and boost your health.
Keep your baby’s tummy dry.
This is especially important when it comes to breastfeeding your baby, as the dryness of the tummy can be a sign that it needs more time to grow.
There are a variety of activities to help promote good circulation, especially when it’s your baby who’s in charge of nursing.
Try playing with the baby’s body, or take baby showers.
If you’re breastfeeding in the house, make sure you’re not nursing too close to your baby while you sleep.
While you might not need to get up and move around at times, you might want to make sure that you’re getting enough rest and sleep so your baby doesn’t feel stressed or overwhelmed.
Take care of your baby in the home.
If your baby is still sleeping in the same room as you, it’s important to make a plan to let your baby know that you need to go to the bathroom and go back to sleep.
This will help you and your baby feel comfortable when you return.
Keep in mind that babies who are sleeping in their own home are more likely to have an early start on their breastfeeding.