Keeping a Healthy Mind While Breastfeeding: Tips Any Mom Should Know
Breastfeeding is perfectly natural, incredible for both mothers and children, but it is also one of the most difficult challenges to overcome in any mom's life (except giving birth to a child of course! ).
Take a deep breath and relax because we have the solution.
Prepare your day
Breastfeeding can be very demanding, often requiring us to wear our pajamas sometimes 2 days in a row without even having the time to change. I have nothing against wearing my pajamas 2 days in a row, but I also think that a change of clothes to start a new day can have a positive psychological impact on each of us.
Prepare your “breastfeeding corner”
Prepare your “breastfeeding corner”
Before investing in a state-of-the-art baby carrier, breastfeeding is all about sitting for long periods of time. Breastfeeding can become very inconvenient when you are not prepared. Make sure you always have an arsenal of all the products you need in a bag wherever you are.
Here are some essential products to always keep close to you:
Kindle / Ipad or magazine
Phone charger: I can't even count the number of times it saved my life!
Also, make sure to take your remote control or your phone if you know that your toddler takes his time during feeding.
Tip: Make sure you can access all of these accessories only with one hand.
Bring all the accessories you need
Many moms agree on one thing: a comfortable nursing bra or perfectly fitting breast pads can make a huge difference in our everyday lives. Don't just recycle your sports bra: comfort can be bought and it can be cheap!
Breastfeeding is a full-time job, and having the right equipment is essential. Buy a good breast pump, the COMFIDOU ™ adjustable breastfeeding pillow perfectly adapted and designed for this purpose, as well as ultra breastfeeding pads soft.
Tip: Invest in clothes that you can wear for the long term, from pregnancy to breastfeeding.
Get out of your house
Many mothers fall into the trap of the “stay home” mode quite naturally in the first months after the birth of their toddler: who are we to judge them? Going out can be a nightmare when your baby needs to suckle every 90-120 minutes.
Do it anyway.
If you are afraid of breastfeeding in public, no problem! Remember that feeding your child is your number 1 priority and that you can breastfeed as soon as your child needs it: it is your right. Bring a breastfeeding blanket with you and find a place in advance where you will feel comfortable breastfeeding.
Tip: If you don't feel comfortable breastfeeding in a restaurant, ask to be seated in a corner where exposure will be limited to avoid curious looks.
Build a support team.
Moms were never supposed to do it all by themselves. For thousands of years, families around the world have parented their children together, drawing on the help of generations (grandparents, other children, etc.) and benefiting from mutual support between mothers. In reality, we all need help, and sometimes we need a lot of help.
Making “mom” friends is not as difficult as you might think. Most mothers expect only one thing: to open up to others to share their experience, to socialize. You just need to know the places that are suitable for such meetings.
Facebook is an inexhaustible source of group of moms, and it's a very simple way to meet new people, especially by participating in Facebook events. Keep in mind that some friendships can be triggered just by reading a comment on Instagram.
Find out about your hospital to see if they organize events for young mothers, or if your local maternity store organizes meetings between mothers, or even music lessons for children can be a very effective way to meet mothers with children of similar ages.
Tip: If you're not sure how to approach a conversation with someone, always start with a compliment. Ask where their diaper bag, baby carrier, breastfeeding accessories or whatever comes from.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish!
No need to specify it, but we will still specify it: take care of yourself without being ashamed !! Taking care of yourself is not selfish, and if you feel that you are on the verge of going crazy, take a break to relax physically and mentally, rely on your close family to take the time to recharge your batteries and recover for a brief moment.
In conclusion, don't forget to take care of yourself to take better care of your toddler.
Grab the accessories you need to comfortably breastfeed, and give yourself time to be yourself, even if it's just for makeup or dressing or just napping when you feel like it.
Decide what you need to be happy and present for your child and go for it - because you deserve to be a happy mom.