Rest is such an important component to wellness as a mom with a newborn! I'm joking, right? How am I going to get rest with a brand new baby who needs to eat every few hours not to mention changing diapers? Parents of newborns definitely get less uninterrupted sleep but there are ways to maximize the rest you can get. Here are my top tips for getting rest with a newborn:
Make plans to "make no plans" for the first several weeks postpartum. Eliminate as many extra activities as possible and focus on breastfeeding, resting, and recovering. Listen to your body and consult with your healthcare provider to know when your body is ready for more.
Practice the side-lying breastfeeding position until it is second nature. Being able to lie down while nursing is a lifesaver.
Setup play groups and carpools if you have other kids.
Set parameters for visitors. Limit visits to ten minutes and keep those visits to a minimum. As much as you love your family and friends, every interaction requires energy and energy is a commodity with a newborn baby!
Consider extra help for the first few weeks - housekeeping, laundry service, meals (may cost some money but a small investment to decrease stress, maintain milk supply, and avoid formula costs). You can even start saving small amounts every week during pregnancy to pay for any extra services to make recovery easier. Any rest tips of your own? Share in comments!
This post is brought to you by our friend, Lindsey Shipley at Lactation Link – an online space dedicated to ‘Creating Confident Moms’. Lindsey is an RN, Childbirth Educator, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, cancer survivor, mom of 2. For more info on Lindsey and Lactation link, click here
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