Four Simple Tips To Stay Healthy While Breastfeeding

May 22, 2018

The journey of motherhood is filled with amazing chapters. One of them is breastfeeding. It can be a confusing process if you do not have the right information. During motherhood, your body undergoes so many changes that it may start feeling alien. Every pregnancy is different so the body changes vary among different people. Do not look so much at the size or what the weighing scale says. Instead, focus all your energy on being healthy. The baby weight will go as time progress. Some simple things you can do to maintain good health while breastfeeding include:

  1. Hydrate

Water is the one thing that can greatly improve your health. You just need to consume enough daily. Taking a lot of fluid can help with milk production. The more milk you are able to produce, the better your child can feed. Water is helpful in washing out toxins from the body and even in the absorption of drugs. It makes your skin smoother and prevents infections. If you become dehydrated while breastfeeding, you could end up being really sick. Rather than get stuck in hospital being given fluids, just take enough fluids.

  1. Eat well

Diet is a factor to consider, right from when you get pregnant too after your child grows up. You need to eat healthily. You need to eat to help in milk production and you also need the energy in order to keep up with your child all day. If you cannot afford proper nutrition, it is wise to ask for help. Wicstrong is one of the organizations that cater to the needs of women from pregnancy and even after childbirth. They have branches depending on where you live. For example, Canton NY WIC caters for people in the Canton area New York. Taking care of your baby adequately requires you to eat well. It is important to watch what you eat. Ensure that what you are putting into your body is beneficial. It should contribute positively to your body’s needs. You can also add a lactation bite from to your food intake to increase your milk supply  and also support your overall optimal health.

  1. Support

Everybody needs a helping hand once in a while. One of the changes that pregnancy brings about is the fluctuation in hormones. You may end up feeling really depressed one minute and happy the next. It does not mean you do not love your child. It just means you are going through changes that are normal. You need a strong support system; people who understand what you are feeling, what you are going through and know how to be there for you; people to cheer you on and affirm you.

  1. Exercise

If you have healed from childbirth, it may be time to start exercising. You can start by doing simple exercises to improve your cardiovascular activity. After that, you can progress slowly until your body gets used to the notion of exercise. Before attempting to do any exercise, it is wise to consult your doctor and have them give you that go-ahead to start putting a strain on your body. Without permission, undue stress on your body can be detrimental.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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