Frazzled and Fatigued: Self-Care Tips Every New Breastfeeding Mom Should Know

Take Advantage of Hands-Free Pumping

As a new mother, you have enough to worry about without adding the stress of trying to juggle a pumping schedule. Thankfully, hands-free pumping can help make life a little easier. With a hands-free pumping bra, you can pump while continuing to go about your day. Whether you’re folding laundry, finishing up a remote work assignment, or playing with your baby.


Look for a bra that offers double-duty both for nursing and pumping to get the most bang for your buck. Shopping for a hands-free bra doesn’t have to be a hassle either. Check your favorite online marketplace when stocking up on weekly supplies, and throw a few different colors in your cart that can arrive with your order.

Stroll Through a Workout

Medical experts recommend waiting until your 6-week postnatal visit before starting or resuming high-impact exercise. Once your wellness provider has given you the all-clear, you can gradually work your way to your desired level of physical activity.

Exercise supports health and elevates mood. Work out while you’re with your little one. Grab the stroller and complete a series of strength and cardio exercises with short running periods in between.

Take Control of Stress

The state of your home can be a source of stress. Aim to keep your space as clean and organized as possible. Decluttering brings greater peace and health into your home, consequently reducing stress levels.

The nature of your job may also be stress-inducing. If you’re heading back to work, be sure that first and foremost, you are given the opportunity to pump throughout the workday. Consider discussing possible work options with your boss that afford you greater flexibility, such as an alternative schedule or remote work.

How to prepare and manage Finance before Newborn

Leila Justice a.k.a GratitudeQueen is focused on building positive habits and learning to rise up with confidence and high self-esteem which lead to self- actualization. Reach out today for more info!

Financial Tips for New Parents

You’ve set up the nursery, folded tiny socks and onesies, and stocked up the diaper changing station. Now, as you prepare to bring home your new baby, there are a few things you need to consider when it comes to your finances. Here, Leila Justice a.k.a GratitudeQueen gives you a few tips to put your growing family on a strong financial footing:

Start Your Own Business – Consider Refinancing
If you’re not going back to your regular job after giving birth or adopting, starting a side gig from home is a good way to make some extra cash while spending time with your little one. And if you want peace of mind, consider forming a LLC to keep your personal assets separate from your business in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from liability. When you need a few hours of uninterrupted work, or if you have to meet clients outside your home, The Work at Home Woman suggests hiring an in-home nanny or babysitter part-time, or asking your support network to pitch in.

If you’re in need of startup funds for your venture, especially if you plan to work full-time at your own business, there are a number of resources available. Some entrepreneurs choose to refinance their home to drum up extra cash and put it toward all it takes to launch. Low interest rates make this a very viable option, compared with getting a small business loan. Refinancing can also lower your monthly mortgage payment and pay off the mortgage even sooner.

Update Your Health Insurance.

Once you bring your new baby home, you only have a short window of time to enroll them into your health insurance plan, usually about 30 days. If you neglect to do so, your baby may not be eligible for coverage. Start by contacting your insurance company and letting them know about your new family situation, then discuss plan options and see which one is the best and most
affordable for your family. Your health insurance company will require access to your baby’s birth records, and they may also need a copy of his or her birth certificate, so make sure you have all necessary documents at the ready.

Set Up Automatic Bill Payment
Bringing a newborn home is both exhilarating and exhausting. Sleep deprivation will likely cause you to forget some important stuff, like paying bills on time. So take advantage of automatic bill-paying options for all your recurring expenses. You can easily set up automatic payments with your bank, where money will be deducted directly from your account. Or you can pay bills automatically using your credit card, which presents two main advantage Finder notes that you’ll be able to detect and reverse fraudulent charges without too much hassle, and you can even get cashback as a reward for using your card.

Start an Emergency Savings Fund.
If you haven’t done so already, make sure you open an emergency savings account where you’ll have enough money stashed away to cover expenses for three to six months in case you lose your job, you suddenly need costly medical care, or a catastrophic event prevents you from earning a living. If you already have an emergency fund in place, increase its amount to account for the extra expenses that come with having a baby as part of your household. Setting up
automatic transfers directly from your paycheck into your emergency fund will eliminate the temptation to spend that money on something else.

Keep Saving for Retirement
Experts agree that if you can’t financially do both, prioritizing saving money for your retirement is much wiser than starting a college fund for your newborn. While college-bound kids can get financial help through scholarships, grants, and loans, not putting money aside for your golden years will force you to rely solely on social security benefits, and you may even end up having to get help from your children or other relatives for your everyday expenses. So make sure you plan for your future first, and you won’t have to struggle financially after you retire.

Taking care of your finances while caring for a newborn can be very daunting, especially when you’re sleep-deprived. But you can take advantage of refinancing, insurance, and automatic payment options to help you out. And don’t forget to secure your own financial future when investing your money.

How to help Kids Develop Positive Life Choices.

Leading by example is one of the best ways parents can help their children make positive choices. Most of what kids learn during early childhood is gleaned from the input of others. The more important a person is to the child, the more critical their input. Use this guide as a starting point for thinking about how to model positive behaviors for your kids.

Modeling Charity  

Parents should model charity to their children. This negates selfishness while helping to develop compassion for those less fortunate. Introducing the concept of empathy is a great way to teach children about charity from a young age.

Getting Active Together 

Regular exercise helps increase brain health, maintain a healthy weight, and decrease the risk of multiple diseases. Make exercise a habit by getting active with your children. For example, consider taking a short walk around your neighborhood each day after dinner and before beginning your family’s bedtime routine. Take your children hiking, swimming, or bicycling. Another fun idea is to search for active classes, such as dance or martial arts, that your family can participate in together. 


Seeking Higher Education 

Help your children understand it’s never too early to start thinking about what they’d like to do as adults. Discuss their dream careers and how to best achieve them, whether it be college, technical school, or a certification course. Model the benefits of higher education for your children by enrolling in an online degree course.

If you’ve always wanted to work with young children, a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) is an excellent choice. Online schooling allows you to pursue your degree at a pace that works best for you, between your other responsibilities. 

Promoting Acceptance 

Children aren’t born racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory. Promote acceptance in your children by modeling this behavior in your interactions with all people, especially those different from you. Teaching your children about racism and other types of hate is also essential.

As your kids get older and are exposed to certain things outside the home, they’re likely to have many questions. When talking about sensitive topics, such as racism, sexism, sexuality, and gender, be mindful and loving with the language you choose. It is important for building trust in your relationship that you develop the communication tools necessary to talk about difficult subjects.

Avoiding Illicit Substances

A national survey showed there were 136.5 million alcohol users in the United States during 2020. During this same period, 59.3 million people over 12 admitted to using illicit drugs at least once. These statistics prove all children are likely to eventually be confronted with the harsh realities of substance abuse. Peer pressure is one of the leading reasons children experiment with drugs and alcohol. One study found that teenagers think about the risks and rewards of their actions, but they’re more likely to ignore the risks than adults.

The best way to help your children avoid peer pressure is to model positive behaviors at home and keep an open conversation on the topic. Be honest with your children about the harmful effects of alcohol or drugs. Explain what peer pressure is and why it’s essential to be strong in those moments.

Help Kids Make Positive Life Choices

You can help your children make positive life choices by providing an excellent example for them to follow. By doing so you’ll be instilling within your children the tools that they’ll need to grow into healthy adults.

This article was brought to you by Leila Justice, a Positive Strategist and Counselor. For more information, contact her today!


Reflecting on Reflection

Indeed a man  should reflect deeply over God’ s creation.

Even within a man physically and physiologically perfection is indeed a sign of Reflection of God constitutes without any blue print but rather from Divine Wisdom and Knowledge( Allah) All Wise, All knower of the seen and unseen .

A reflection should prompt every human being to show his / her genuine Gratitude, deep respect and real love to the One and Only Creator, ( Allah) His majesty, magnificent and Gracious Lord, who bless and create every human being in such a fashionable forms, perfect, upright and miraculous way of seeing light and knowing beauty from His inspiration.

Remember the True One ( God) and His action of management over all His creations. Reflect on His Mastership and Greatness.

.

So behold let a man considering his origin and what has become of him, for sure anyone who thinks and reflect develop his/ her foresight and Vision from the Creator of Heaven and Earth 🌎.

P

Please share, like follow and leave comments…. Always 💘 Love and ✌ Peace from the GratitudeQueen 👑

Make Services an Integral Part of Your Life

To be become a kinder, more loving individual requires action. Yet ironically, there is nothing specific you have to do; no prescription to follow, rather, most genuine acts of  kindness and generosity seem natural. They seem from a type of thinking where services and giving have integrated into the person’s  thought process.

  • Several teachers and philosophers that I have learnt from have suggested that I begin my day by asking myself this question, ‘How can I be of service?’ I have found this to be useful in reminding me of the multitude of ways that I can be helpful to others without hurting myself. when I take the time to ask this question, I find answers popping up all day long.

If one of our goals is to be of help to others, we will find the most appropriate ways to do things for others. Our chance to be of service is endless. Sometimes the best way that we could be of service is to maybe offer our home to a friend, even some ‘thoroughly screened’ strangers in need. Other time, it’s to give our seat to the elderly person on the train, help a youngster across the monkey bar, speak to a group of people , write a check to charity, or pick up litters on the road, the key, I believe, is to remember that being of service isn’t a one time efforts. it’s not doing something nice for someone and then wondering they aren’t being nice too, or doing this for us. Instead, a life of service is a lifelong process, a way of thinking about life. Ask yourself, does the trash need to be taking out? if so, go ahead and take it out even if it’s not your turn. Is someone you know being difficult? Maybe they need a hug or someone to listen to them. Are you  aware of any charity organization that needs more help, could you possibly give a little extra this month?

I learnt that the best way to be of service is often very simple, it’s those little, quite, often unnoticed act of kindness that we choose on a daily basis, like being supportive of a new endeavor by our spouse or simply taking the time and energy to listen.

I know that I have a long way to go towards my goal of becoming a more selfless person. However, I also know that as I have attempted to integrate services into my life , I have felt better, and better about the way I choose to live.

There is an ancient saying that goes thus,” Giving has  its own reward.” it’s really true, when you give, you also receive. In fact, what you receive might be totally different compared to what you give.   As you give more freely of yourself in your own ways, you will experience more feelings of peace than you ever thought possible. And at the end, everyone wins.

Follow the Good and keep smiling. Kindly like, share, follow and  comment.

Peace!