10 Tips for New Mothers After Giving Birth (Postpartum).
- Be more patient during your breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is an acquired skill for both you and baby. Breastfeeding should be a happy journey where mothers and babies develop their special bonding, if done correctly.
- For new mothers who had cesarean, support your incision with a pillow during car rides. Bumpy roads can be very painful for your incision especially on the first few days after cesarean.
- Know your body. Take a look at your perineum or your incision so that you will know if something goes wrong. For example, swelling, redness to drainage from your incision.
- Nutritious meal is the key. Have some healthy snack each time you are feeding your baby even if you have no appetite.
- Use warm compress method if you have blocked duct or engorged breast.You may use heating pad, warm cloth or immerse your breasts in a sink full of warm water or shower before pumping. After that, gently massage to help initiate milk flow.
- Get some rest whenever possible. Take a nap every time your baby is taking a nap.
- Set visiting hours. Friends and family members often get excited to come over and play with the baby. However, as a new mother, you need your rest time too. Therefore, it is always good to let them know which day work best and how much time you have for a visit.
- Limit visitors. Baby’s hunger cues are often missed when there are too many visitors for long stretches of time.
- Choose the confinement centre that will care for you not the one with the best price. Choosing the right centre will give you a positive after birth care experience and the education you receive from the professional team will make all the difference in the world.
- Accept offers of help especially from professionals. For new mothers who had cesarean, remember not only did you have a baby, but you had just undergone a major surgery. You need to rest well to recuperate. Take those opportunity to give yourself a short break and some me-time, so that by the end of it you will be refreshed and ready to put on the supermom suit again
Read our previous blog: 10 Tips for Taking Care of Newborns