Coping with sleep deprivation is one of the hardest challenges that new parents have to face. When we are sleep deprived we feel rubbish and unwell. We suffer with brain fog, low mood, physical healing is more difficult, mental health can suffer and everything feels harder …. .
Always try and get some sleep where possible – Most of the time we feel so much better for it! And if we don’t feel better after a few good naps and good nights sleep, then we can reach out and ask for more help too.
Some ways of getting naps in!
1. If you have a partner ask them to go on duty for the night and you take a night off. Go to another room and sleep deeply knowing you are ‘off call’ that night. If you don’t have a partner then get a friend or family member to come and stay the night and do the same. If your breast feeding this might include expressing in advance to gets stores in place for night feeds or if baby is not having any bottles get partner to change nappy- then bring baby to you for a feed – then take baby away to settle while you steal a couple hours more solid rest ! .
2. Ask a friend to come and sit with baby while you take a nap in the day, or trade naps with another tired Mum! You watch her baby while she naps and then she returns the favour! It’s a nice way to help each other out!
3. Book a postnatal doula who will happily come and look after baby while you rest!
4. Go on- book in a good sleep now! Your body and mind will thank you ! It absolutely takes a village to raise a child so bring that village in where you can and never feel guilty!!
This Mother Box “Top Tip Tuesday” is to offer advice for caring for mastitis and engorged, lumpy boobs!
Taken straight from the pages of our book “The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums” – we’re sharing this again because we’ve been showing lots of our lady clients recently, so thought we’d pop it up here too.
Comb them! Yep! We did say comb them! This is a fabulous tip we learnt from a Japanese midwife many moons ago.
If your breasts are feeling engorged and lumpy or you have a hot red patch/lump – then the chances are you will have an area (or several areas) of blocked/curdled milk.
Unfortunately, this is presents a perfect breeding ground for bacteria – which can then in turn, cause mastitis.
Getting these blocks moving will help stop mastitis in its tracks and often prevent it altogether. At the first sign of lumps/red patches – before each feed, comb the breast from the outside, down toward to nipple all the way around the breast. Use a steady firm pressure, not hard enough to hurt (the correct pressure should still feel nice).
Use a little oil or moisturiser to help the comb glide if you need. . . Latch baby for a feed and they will then encourage milk to flow through the breast and suck out the curdled milk (it’s totally safe for them as the bacteria which causes mastitis doesn’t affect them at all).
Continue to comb as baby feeds, combing from the armpit to the nipple and focusing on any lumps.
You should start feeling relief quite quickly!
Repeat this process with every feed until the breast feels soft and lump free and any red patches have gone.
Drink lots of warm, herbal tea alongside combing to flush toxins from your system and keep yourself hydrated.
If the red lumps do not go, if you have a fever or are feeling unwell or have flu like symptoms – please do seek medical advice.