Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

Enjoying The Early Days

on August 3, 2015

Becoming a mother can be a challenging leap into a whole new world. Here are
some tips for enjoying the early days with your baby:

  • Keep baby close: wearing baby in a sling, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding help mothers feel closer to their babies. Skin-to-skin contact helps babies learn to cope with the big new world and encourages breastfeeding.
  • Remember that you can’t do it all: ask for help with household tasks, lower your expectations and lighten you load.  When someone asks what they can do for you, give them a job.  Let others look after you so you can look after your baby.
  • Develop a support network: if all your friends are from work or don’t have children of their own and your family isn’t close by, you may find yourself feeling lonely.  Attend La Leche League meetings or sign up for mother-baby activities in your community to find supportive mother friends.
  • Nurture yourself: eat healthy foods often, exercise (put baby in a sling and go for a walk or dance around the house), and sleep when you can.
  • Laugh: babies make all sorts of funny faces and sounds.  If those don’t make you laugh, watch a funny video.  If you can’t find any joy in life and your new baby, see a health care professional to be assessed for postpartum depression. It is treatable and life will get better.
  • Trust yourself: you are doing a good job. You and your baby will learn about life together.
La Leche League group meeting

La Leche League group meeting

http://www.lllc.ca/tuesday-tip-enjoying-early-days

If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to an accredited La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking http://www.lllc.ca/find-group or Internationally http://www.llli.org/

 

If you have found this article helpful, La Leche League Canada would appreciate your support in the form of a donation at http://www.lllc.ca/ so we can continue to help others breastfeed. Thank you!

 

 

 

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