Take Care of Fatigue while Breastfeeding

Heartiest congratulations on being a new mum. Being a mother you must have come across the fact that breastfeeding brings enormous positive benefits for both you and your baby. However, despite the benefits, breastfeeding is a strenuous practice and may even annoy you at times. The process of breast milk production and feeding the baby utilises almost around 25% of your body energy and burns up to as much as 500 extra calories in a day. Therefore it is quite possible that you may feel worn-out and drained after breastfeeding your little one. It may even take you to a point where you feel like giving up nursing for good. Therefore it is crucial that you know how to take care of yourself during breastfeeding.

There are a number of reasons that can cause fatigue which includes sleep deprivation, breast infection, postpartum thyroid, anemia, unhealthy eating habits, etc. Out of these several sources of the problem, there are many which can be managed at your end without the help of any healthcare professional. However, if you have any health issues like breast infection or any other sickness, it is important that you approach your doctor and take all the necessary precautions.

We, with the help of lactation experts and healthcare professionals, have prepared a list of tips which can be of great help for you. Go through them and embark on a joyous breastfeeding journey.

 

Take Rest: Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation is one of the important issues which new mothers mostly complain about. Typically an adult needs 7 – 9 hours of sleep to keep her or him healthy and active. However, it has been observed that new mums get deprived of proper sleep due to long and irregular sleeping habits of the baby. As the baby sleeps for about 16 – 20 hours a day and wakes up at irregular intervals, it becomes infeasible for new mothers to get the required amount of sleep. Being a new mum, you also may have gone through similar situations where you look for the slightest opportunity to catch some sleep. Since you cannot change your baby’s schedule, you need to manage your own sleep timings to get the adequate amount of sleep for you to stay fit during the breastfeeding journey. You can opt for the concept of co-sleeping with your baby which can help you to a great extent in getting the needed sleep for you to maintain proper health.

 

Sufficient Water-intake

Our body is filled with up to 60% of water. Therefore it is very essential that we keep ourselves hydrated with sufficient water intake for the proper functioning of the body. You, being a breastfeeding mum need to consume more water compared to a normal person. Keep yourself hydrated all day in order to meet the requirements of the body to stay in shape. Symptoms like concentrated urine and constipation in mums is a clear sign of water deficiency. Thus always pay attention to your water intake for a successful breastfeeding time and a healthy lifestyle.

 

Exercise

It is clearly understood that being a new mum hardly leaves you with time for you to do anything else other than taking care of your baby, let alone performing physical exercises. However, if you can take out some time from your busy schedule to exercise on a regular basis, there can’t be anything better to keep you fit and active. Studies have proven that exercising helps mothers to fight against not just postpartum fatigue but also they are less likely to go through postpartum depression. Make basic exercises your priority for at least 15 minutes each day for healthy and fruitful nursing sessions.

 

Healthy Eating Habits

We all know that without nutritious food it is impossible for us to get the necessary nutrients to maintain a healthy life. Moreover, because you are a new mother you need more nutrients for your body to maintain a healthy lifestyle for both you and your baby. It is crucial that you adopt healthy eating habits to receive all the essential nutrients that suffice the needs of both of you. If you’re finding it difficult to prepare a healthy eating regime, you should approach a dietician or a lactation consultant to help you with the problem.

Try following the above tips and you will have a huge benefit in making your breastfeeding journey an enjoyable and successful one. If you still get stuck in finding out ways to prevent you from fatigue, take expert advice from a lactation consultant or breastfeeding expert which can help you to get out of the problem. Take good care of yourself and your baby and experience joyful motherhood ahead.