5 tips to getting more rest with a newborn
- Make plans to "make no plans"
For the first several weeks postpartum, eliminate as many extra activities as possible and focus on breastfeeding, resting and recovering. Listen to your body and consult with your healthcare provider to know when your body is ready for more.
- Practice the side-lying breastfeeding position
Once it becomes second nature, lying down while nursing is a lifesaver.
- Set parameters for visitors.
Limit visits to ten minutes and keep those visits to a minimum. As much as you love your family and friends, every interaction requires energy and energy is a commodity with a newborn baby!
- Consider extra help for the first few weeks
Get help with housekeeping, laundry service, meals (may cost some money but a small investment to decrease stress, maintain milk supply, and avoid formula costs). You can even start saving small amounts every week during pregnancy to pay for any extra services to make recovery easier.
- Make yourself as comfy as possible
If you’re wearing a bra to sleep, look for one with soft fabrics and no hooks and eyes in the back. Bravado Designs’ Original Nursing Bra incorporate modal fabric in the design and have smooth backs that are comfortable to lay on. To prevent any accidents, use breast pads like their Washable Nursing Pads to absorb any milk that leaks.
Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC (lactationlink.com)
Note: This article was originally published on Bravado Designs.