You are a new mom and you want to give your baby the benefits of breast milk, but the back pain you feel while breastfeeding is almost unbearable; What are you going to do?
To begin with, you can save this keepsake in case, say 13 or 14 years later, you need to remind your child of the sacrifices you have made for him. However, if you are looking for something you can do now, the following 7 tips should offer some relief:
1). Relax before you start.
Getting in the right frame of mind before starting a nursing session can go a long way.
To illustrate this point, imagine the following scenario: You are in the gym, briskly walking on a treadmill. His heart rate has increased and he has a slight sweat.
How difficult would it be to get off the treadmill and immediately try to stay still for 20 to 45 minutes? Compare this to trying to stay still for the same amount of time after taking a warm bath at the end of the day. Would this be easier?
Of course, you would be relaxed at first, your sympathetic nervous system would be calm, and you might even enjoy a break from your regular activities. It is the same with breastfeeding. Before you begin, shrug your shoulders and step back a few times, then gently stretch your arms forward to relax your upper back.
Now think of your breastfeeding session as a time to relax and let your mind go blank - not as a time to worry about other things you need to do! You deserve the moment of relaxation, try to enjoy it.
2). Support your body.
If you are breastfeeding in a chair, make sure it has adequate padding and armrests.
Use pillows to support your back and arms so your muscles relax as much as possible during prolonged positions.
Pillows underfoot can also be helpful by placing it in a way that allows you to bring your baby closer to your chest, not the other way around.
3). Use a nursing pillow.
There are a variety of breastfeeding pillows now available, but this is traditionally a U-shaped pillow that adapts perfectly to your height and helps support your baby's weight so that your muscles don't.
do not have to do as much work. Less stress on the muscles means less muscle pain.
4). Try different positions.
There are several breastfeeding positions you can use: crib cradle, soccer ball holding, side lying, etc.
The internet is a great resource for specific information on a number of different positions, and you may come across some variations that you hadn't thought of.
By using different positions, you reduce the prolonged stress that some muscles can experience if you use the same position all the time.
Think of changing positions as a way to recruit a few different muscles to "share" the work to be done. Isn't it easier to get a lot of work done when you share the workload?
5). Stretch when you are done.
You don't have to pull out a gym mat and spend 20 minutes stretching your muscles, sometimes a few seconds is all it takes.
Just repeat the release movement you did before you started your breastfeeding session. Shrug your shoulders up and back again - trying to squeeze your shoulder blades together while lifting your shoulders at the same time.
Hold this position for 2-3 seconds, then gently relax your muscles and repeat the process 3-5 times. This contraction / relaxation helps remove some of the metabolic waste that has built up in your muscles during your breastfeeding session.
Follow this by intertwining your thumbs and stretching your arms forward, trying to let your shoulder blades part while you do this. Don't force it, just go to the point where you feel a slight stretch in your upper back.
Hold this position for 5 seconds to help relax some of the muscles that contracted while breastfeeding.
6). Get a massage.
Why not treat yourself to a professional massage every now and then to help relax those tight muscles?
In addition to relieving muscle tension, a massage can help you relax and reduce stress.
However, a massage that is too aggressive can hurt you, so be sure to tell your therapist if it has been a while since you last had a massage or if you feel any discomfort during the session.
7). Get a fit.
We know that prolonged breastfeeding positions can make your muscles tense, but what about your spine?
The tight muscles you feel go through the spinal joints; these joints can become irritated by the constant pressure of muscle tension as well as direct stress on the spine during certain positions or movements. This can cause severe pain.
Spinal manipulation (adjustment) may be helpful in relieving this discomfort. Your chiropractor can advise you on your specific needs.
Follow the tips above for more comfortable breastfeeding sessions with your baby. Don't worry, when they get older, if you still feel the need to remind them of the sacrifices you made someday, you don't have to tell them it wasn't that bad.
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