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Taking Care of Yourself While Breastfeeding

Give Yourself a Break

With motherhood comes a lot of expectations and also criticisms. Other people will offer advice, usually with good intentions, but it can turn into a major stress on you. Try to give yourself a break and realize that no mother is perfect. Taking care of yourself also includes minimizing stress in your life.
If you are starting to have feelings of sadness or isolation, or if things that would usually bring you joy are not working, talk to your healthcare provider. Motherhood, breastfeeding, your changing body -- all the things involved with this can be overwhelming for many (if not most) mothers. Recognizing signs of the baby blues or postpartum depression can help to prevent potentially serious situations.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of yourself will help ensure that you are taking the best possible care of your little one. This means eating healthy foods, getting plenty of rest, and fitting in some activity on a daily basis. Although this can feel like a major juggling act, once you get into a good routine, it will become easier and easier. Soon your baby will be feeding less often and you will be able to balance things with more ease.
Until that time comes, try to give yourself a break and minimize your stress. And don't forget to ask for help -- in those early weeks, every minute you have to yourself to rest, eat well, or exercise counts!
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