In light of World Breastfeeding Month, we are giving out 4 Tips every mom who is breastfeeding needs to know. A lot of moms out there are trying to make a big decision on whether or not to breastfeed, or maybe struggle with continuing breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can be tough on a mom and we would like to give some quick tips on how to make it just a little easier on you.
What most people don’t realize is how important posture is while breastfeeding. Since breastfeeding is such a repetitive activity, it can lead to serious injury and dysfunction. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen to our mommas! So to all the moms out there that are breastfeeding on the couch, in the car, in the kitchen or anywhere else, please remember the following:
· Keep your spine as neutral as possible, use pillows for support and comfort
· Keep your wrist in a neutral position, use a wrist splint if experiencing pain or tingling
· Always bring the baby to your breast, avoid bending forward to bring your breast to the baby
· Avoid sustained neck positions, great opportunity to perform general neck stretches
Breastfeeding is a difficult job! We hope that this will help all our moms remember to take care of themselves as well as they care for their baby.
And for all of our first time mommas out there that have decided to breastfeed, don’t be alarmed if you feel as if you are having contractions when you first start breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can help your uterus heal and return to its pre-pregnancy size. And remember to drink plenty of water not only to keep you hydrated, but to also help with milk supply production!
If you are interested in learning more about products to help with your posture while breastfeeding, here are some great products to help!
If you are in pain, or are unsure of different posturing techniques to use when breastfeeding, please schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jennifer Lavin with one of our Discovery Visits. We would love to answer any questions or concerns you may have!