Every mother wants the best for her new baby. It’s no debate that breastmilk contains the best concoction of nutrients for your growing baby. Sure, we know that. We also know that those nutrients have to be coming from somewhere.
Children take things from us. They take our time, energy, love, tears, sweat, patience, looks, and sleep. (Our bodies go through a lot!) And we give these up willingly for their chubby little legs and snuggly kisses. But they also take nutrients from us while nursing. Your body was working hard the last 7-10 months creating this baby and it’s still not done working overtime.
Here are three ways to nurse yourself to healthy while nursing your baby.
- Add nutrients into your body. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients your body aches for while nursing. While nursing my second, I found I was low on folic acid and ferritin. By adding an extra serving of fruits and vegetables to every meal, I have found my energy up! If you aren’t hungry, try juicing fresh fruits and veggies. Juicing is an easy way to consume all the nutrients without feeling super full.
- Make sleep a priority. I know this one can seem impossible. Especially if your baby isn’t sleeping well and the messy house is demanding your time. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, reach out for help from a family member or friend to help clean house. The saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and it couldn’t be truer. Lack of sleep is hard on us physically and mentally. Your baby will benefit when you are getting enough sleep too.
- Move that body. It seems counterproductive when you’re already tired, but exercise will do wonders for your body. Not only will it help strengthen the muscles that have been stretched during pregnancy and childbirth, but it will also increase your energy. Whether you make it to the gym, or simply look up some at-home workouts online, your body will thank you immensely!
Have you tried driving your car on empty or skipped routine maintenance? I would guess it didn’t drive very well, or even at all. The same goes for you, momma. Make sure you are filling up your body daily with the support it needs for around-the-clock breastfeeding sessions. You are amazing, momma, and deserve to feel amazing too.
Welcome to Mom Monday, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Emily and currently chasing after a rambunctious 2-year-old, Elsy, and a sweet spirited 6-month-old, Avenly. Hopefully the information shared here will help fill you with as much joy on your nursing journey as I have received in mine.