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Postpartum life doesn’t always come easy, but when you’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding for over five years, or had to breastfeed twins like my sister, you learn all the secrets to keeping up your supply, staying comfortable and really flourishing as a breastfeeding mama. Here are our best-kept secrets to keeping ourselves, our boobs and our babies happy.
First, How To Keep Mama Happy:
Relax, relax, relax.
You might not like to read this, but I am telling you to let some things go. Toddlers watching insane amounts of TV while you breastfeed the new baby? Relax. It is just a short period of time. Tell yourself they are learning social skills. Leaking through all your shirts? Start wearing your husbands. Haven’t left the house in days? Who cares and call for delivery. After your first baby, this will really start to sink in. I’ve gotten out to Starbucks with only a diaper on one kid, the other crying and one with two different shoes because I had to get out. Who cares. Your in the trenches, doing the best you can! ENJOY the new baby, lay on the floor more, stay in bed and let the toddlers make a mess…it is a short time, and you will be so much happier inside and out if you let things go, enjoy your little ones and do your best. There is always tomorrow.
Nourish Yourself Properly:
What many moms skip, or don’t realize is affecting their mood is the lack of nutrition in their diet. They start surviving off of processed, quick meals that cause blood sugar highs and lows. This can be more of a cause for mood disorders than the actual postpartum hormones. Add no sleep and breastfeeding to that and you can really set yourself up for some crazy moments. I highly suggest my program with recipes and a meal plan to help you flourish while breastfeeding, and trying to lose the baby weight. I can’t tell you how important this is to keeping your supply up, and your mind happy. One mama recently posted how happy she is on the program in the private Facebook group, “Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
You will be much happier in comfy nursing bras, light nursing tanks and super soft and flowy pants. Wear hospital or disposable underwear, and make some healing pads. If you are feeling frumpy, focus on your hair and makeup if you can carve out a little time, rather than getting dressed up. I always got uncomfortable and frustrated if I tried to get a cute outfit on, only to find myself leaking or getting spit up on. You will so much happier if you invest in a great little postpartum wardrobe to keep you cute and happy. Here are some items I love:
How To Keep Your Boobs Happy:
Breastfeeding can be painful, and there are some great little products that can first help ease any discomfort. I never noticed discomfort with my first, it was my second and third babies that I realized my nipples were very tender. You can use a really good nipple cream if you think you are getting dry or cracked nipples, but mine were more sore. There are nipple shields to help minimize this, but mine wasn’t that bad. It depends on the individual mama.
Mainly, breast feeding often is the best way to keep your boobs happy. I learned all about the importance of breastfeeding as much as possible, as well as what breast milk is, and read the Little Black Book of Breastfeeding Secrets to ensure I was doing everything right. If you are feeling super lost, I highly suggest checking out this resource before completely giving up. It has everything you could ever want to know, and is super encouraging. By nursing on demand, and through the night, you can keep your boobs from getting too full and developing mastitis or an infection. I was son encouraged through this resource because in the beginning I thought maybe I was nursing too much. NOT THE CASE! It is such a special time, and it will help keep both your boobs and your baby happy with lots of milk!
Again, I will mention nutrition because it is the most important foundation to your overall health. Nutrients are the building blocks for breast milk, and your body functioning optimally. I really want to see you and your boobs do this! If you are lost, check out my program. Otherwise place a high priority on nutrient-dense foods as much as possible!! You can start with these 5 foods to help you keep your supply up if you are working on losing your baby weight. I also have 10 very yummy and healthy lactation snack ideas!
If you keep yourself and your boobies happy, you will have a happy, full baby! Babies want to eat, sleep and poop in the beginning. And also be held. Once I realized how simple babies were, everything started to fall into place.
How To Keep Baby A Happy Camper:
With my first, I thought we needed lots of swings, play mats and toys. He just wanted me to walk around wearing him, or holding him. I breastfed, changed, held and let him sleep. Co-sleeping worked the best for me, but no matter how you have them sleep, they are happy campers when they get lots of sleep.
What my sister and I found is that nursing as much as necessary kept our babies the happiest and our milk supply the fullest. From there, holding and wearing was the next best thing. I wore my second and third babies the most, and they were so much happier!!
Get a very comfortable carrier. My sister did a lot of wrapping with her sling. I didn’t like the process. I preferred the LilleBaby carrier. It is super comfortable, and they have lots of super cute options. The Baby Bjorn worked well for me for my first, but I didn’t realize the pressure it put on my shoulders, compared to the LilleBaby.
Also, keep baby’s bottom clear of diaper rash. That will make them not so happy. I always use the Desitin, but my sister swears by coconut oil! Each baby has different skin, so it might take a couple tries to find the right one.
By simplifying your life down and relaxing, things seem to be so much easier!! Don’t overthink leaving the house, let things go and enjoy your baby. The right attitude really does make a huge difference for you and baby!
If you need help losing the baby weight and keeping up your milk supply, I have a very popular program, The Postpartum Cure, which comes in an app you can download.