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.