Juggling work, household chores and breastfeeding is not easy.
Whilst it may seem more convenient to bottle feed, there’s no denying the health benefits your baby will receive from breast feeding during this crucial stage of their lives.
Here are 7 top tips to do it all and still breastfeed your baby:
1) Try the pumping technique
This is the most efficient technique for working mothers. This enables you to store breast milk for at least 2-3 days.
2) A little preparation can go a long way…
Talk to your boss about your schedule. It’s actually a law that employees must offer their employees reasonable breaks and a suitable place to pump up to 1 year after their baby is born.
3) Bring the work to your baby
Try working from home one or two days a week, which will give you more time to breastfeed your baby on cue. You can work when your baby’s asleep or having a nap. Some mothers even work with you baby nearby or on their laps!
4) Communication with your spouse is key
If your spouse can take on more chores or responsibilities off your hands, this can free up your time to breastfeed.
5) Your health is your baby’s health
Breastfeeding transfers essential nutrients to your baby. Consume 3 meals a day rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and healthy fats. If you struggle with time, there are many great food delivery services which can provide you with fresh nutritious food each day.
6) Ensure you get your daily dose of omega 3 fish oils
Omega 3 fish oils are essential for your baby’s health especially their brain health, it 60% fat after all. Try taking a high quality, purified fish oil supplement each day, which contains 200mg of DHA.
7) Stay hydrated
Dehydration can be a major issue faced by lactating mothers. It can and hinder milk production as well induce fatigue.
If you struggle to drink water throughout the day, try infusing water with mint, berries or lemon overnight for a tastier beverage.
Lily Soutter, Nutritional Therapist at Nuffield Health City Fitness and Wellbeing Gym – which has recently launched its new sports performance lab with everything you need for injury prevention including onsite Sports Physician, nutritional therapy, personal training, GP advice and high tech gait analysis and fitness testing equipment for measuring gas exchange and blood lactate levels.