How To Relax As A Breastfeeding Mom: You Deserve It!

The post partum period can definitely be challenging for any new mother. If you have not had your little star as yet, let me warn you that if you do not prepare for it ,it can be daunting. I want to help you out today by informing you of some of the relaxing ways you can breastfeed to make it more enjoyable. For many nursing moms, relaxation techniques can play a dramatic role in breastfeeding success.

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Mothers who get breastfeeding support that includes relaxation therapy may feel less stressed and have babies who eat and sleep more than women who don’t get this extra help, a small experiment suggests. I remember when I had my babies. I was flustered at times because there were times when everything seemed to be going so fast at the time . You have to make time to plan what needs to be done. My husband who was a great support at the time and still is, did everything to ensure that I was as comfortable as possible. I hope you have the same benefit from your partner relative, or friend. Here are some relaxation tips that any breastfeeding mom can try, no matter how busy your day may be. Use breathing and relaxation techniques. All breastfeeding moms should master these tricks, because you can use them anywhere. Anytime you feel stress getting the best of you (don’t worry – we’ve all been there), take a moment to focus on this breathing technique:

Practice prayer

Prayer changes things

Prayer is powerful because it connects us with our creator God who is willing to help us in our journey through life. He told us to in everything by prayer and supplication to make our requests known to Him. (Philippians 4:6)

Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation(PMR)

  1. Close your eyes and begin taking deep breaths.
  2. Start at your toes and flex that muscle group for 10 seconds as you inhale
  3. Exhale as you relax the muscle group for 25 seconds.
  4. Gradually move up your body as you flex and relax one muscle group at a time.
  5. Continue for 25 to 30 minutes, until you make it up your entire body. OR YOU CAN:
  1. Take a deep breath through your nose until you feel your stomach rise and chest expand.
  2. Hold that breath for one to two seconds.
  3. Exhale slowly through your nose for at least 4 seconds.
  4. Repeat as needed.

Go see a movie or watch one that makes you laugh

A nice relaxing bath can do wonders for your mental and physical health

Ask for help. 

To say you have a lot on your plate is an understatement, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have older children, teach them about responsibility and assign some of your everyday tasks to them. You can even come up with some interesting ways to make chores fun. Don’t feel guilty about asking for support from friends and family either. Just think about it as giving yourself some time to rejuvenate so you can be the best mom you can be.

Use breathing and relaxation techniques.

 All breastfeeding moms should master these tricks, because you can use them anywhere. Anytime you feel stress getting the best of you (don’t worry – we’ve all been there), take a moment to focus on this breathing technique:

Pediatricians recommend exclusive breastfeeding until infants are at least 6 months old because it may bolster their immune systems and protect against obesity and diabetes later in life.

For the experiment, researchers offered 64 new mothers who were exclusively breastfeeding traditional help including educational pamphlets and information on support groups and lactation specialists. In addition, 33 of the women received audio recordings that encouraged relaxation through deep breathing and offered positive messages about breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding, which they were instructed to play while they nursed.

Did you know mothers who listened to relaxation therapy while breastfeeding reported less stress than women who didn’t get the audio recordings, researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Mothers should use methods that they know work for them to help relax, such as listening to music, reading, meditating or using mindfulness.

Snuggle up with your favorite person

Bottom line

As a breastfeeding mother, you deserve to be relaxed if you are breastfeeding. You have to decide what works for you. I have given you the options that you can choose from. I hope something works. Breastfeeding is hard work and you deserve some relaxation. Thanks for stopping by and do come again. I hope you were able to enjoy our topic and I wish you every success.

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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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