One of the worst parts of postpartum can be healing from tears (or episiotomies). If you have been there, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I hope you never have to experience that pain. This is when you want to enjoy your new baby but you cannot move or sit because your bottom is in excruciating pain.
It is totally possible to breastfeed, at least to some extent, even though you have not had a baby. Most women are able to produce some milk but oftentimes not enough to solely breastfeed, so it is normal to have to supplement at the same time. If you have nursed a baby before it increases your chance of producing enough milk, but if you need to supplement it is still worth it to build up your milk supply and breastfeed. If you think about breastfeeding from a relational point of view as opposed to only for sustenance then you are more likely to feel that you have succeeded and it may make it more worth the work involved. Breastfeeding, beyond being the best nutritionally, for the baby is key for comfort and bonding of the baby and for you it will cause you to release oxytocin which will increase your patience and attachment to the baby.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful gift to both the mom and the newborn, but for many women it is far from easy. Before the birth is the time to prepare for breastfeeding and prevent any issues that might ensue.
There are trends in health care. Some are beneficial and some are not. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be give vitamin D drops. My initial reaction is breastmilk is the perfect food and babies don’t need anything else! But let us be honest, we live in a malnourished culture with processed food and poor guts and we want to give our kids the absolute best. So I decided to look closer into giving vitamin D to babies.
Many times we focus all our energy on pregnancy and birth and forget that this is all in preparation for the postpartum season. There are many ways we can prepare for the best postpartum season, even in the last month of pregnancy. Here I talk about 4 physical ways to prepare for the postpartum.