Both short- and long-term stress can affect your body. In fact, stress can make you more likely to getsick. It can also make problems you already have worse. It can play a part in a range of issues, including trouble sleeping, stomach problems, headaches, and mental health.
Having a new baby and learning to breastfeed can be stressful. But it is important for new
mothers to take care of themselves. Try to listen to your body so that you can tell when stress is
affecting your health.
Take these steps to help ease stress while breastfeeding:
Try and find a quiet, comfortable, relaxing place to nurse. This will help make breastfeeding
more enjoyable for you and your baby. Use this time to bond with your baby, listen to soothing
music, meditate, or read a book.
Your stress could get worse if you don’t get enough sleep. With enough sleep, it is easier to cope
with challenges and stay healthy. Try to sleep whenever possible.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE.
It really does take a village to raise a child. Let family and friends help you with housework or
hold your baby while you rest or take a bath.
Physical activity improves your mood. Your body makes certain chemicals, called endorphins,
before and after you exercise. These relieve stress and improve your mood. If you are a new
DON’T DEAL WITH STRESS IN UNHEALTHY WAYS.
This includes drinking too much alcohol, using drugs, or smoking, all of which can harm you
and your baby. It is also unhealthy to overeat in response to stress.
GET HELP FROM A PROFESSIONAL IF YOU NEED IT.