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.

FRAZZLED and FATIGUED :

Self-Care Tips: for this Breastfeeding Mom.

Frazzled and Fatigued: Self-Care Tips 

Every New Breastfeeding Mom Should Know

Expectant mothers commonly immerse themselves in baby books to soak up all there is to know about caring for a newborn. What many don’t realize is you have to relearn how to care for yourself, too. Self-care looks very different when you’re a new mom, but it’s every bit as essential as before, and then some. Today, Leila Justice explains how you can utilize self-care practices as you adjust to motherhood.

Drink Plenty of H2O

Adequate water intake helps to maintain a strong and healthy body. The amount you drink also affects your milk supply. Drinking too little water can slow down your milk production and prevent your baby from getting proper nourishment. Stay hydrated by consuming eight ounces of water each time you feed your baby.

Sleep Like a Baby

Sleep deprivation is somewhat of a rite of passage for new mothers. Though your slumber will be disturbed for at least the first few months of your baby’s life, you can still use strategies to increase the quantity and quality of your sleep.

  1. Arrange for your partner to do one of the overnight feedings. You may still need to wake to express milk, but your partner can handle diaper changing, feeding, and putting the baby back to sleep so that you can catch a few extra winks.
  2. Develop good sleep hygiene. Maintain a consistent bedtime and wake-up time. Adjust the light, temperature, and sound settings in your bedroom to allow for optimal sleep.
  3. Resist the urge to scroll through social media on your phone just before bed. Bluelight and device stimulation can negatively impact sleep quality. Instead practice mindfulness in your new habits routine as a new mother 👩 👨‍🍼.

4. Acceptance: As a new mom learn to be mindful and acceptance of your new season in life stages. It help easy the responsibility in a psychological way instead of doubt your ability to stay calm and finding better solution of taking care of yourself and the new born.

How to prepare and manage Finance before Newborn

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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.