5 Tips to Get Your Energy Back While Breastfeeding
There's no denying that breastfeeding can be exhausting at times. From cluster feeding to sore nipples to soldiering on through growth spurts, the whole process can leave us feeling super drained. And you might find yourself wondering if your level of fatigue is normal.
A postpartum blood test is a great way to check important things like iron and vitamin D levels. However, if these tests come back a-okay, your tiredness is likely a result of tending to your bubs every need, 24/7.
Although we can't give you the gift of 8-hours of uninterrupted sleep, we can give you some tips to help get you through the fog.
1. Cat Naps
The trick with day naps is to keep them short. Research shows a 20-minute nap is restorative and can improve mood but shouldn't leave you feeling groggy. Also, try to keep naps before 3 pm, as anything after this might interfere with your nighttime sleep.
A quick walk around the block, 20 burpees or an impromptu dance party with the kids are all ways you can move your body throughout the day. Anything that gets oxygen following through your body will boost your energy and mood.
Not drinking enough water wreaks havoc on our energy levels. Multiple studies have drawn links between dehydration and a higher risk of anxiety. One study found that people who usually drink a lot of water felt less calm and tenser when restricting their water intake. Aim for at least 2L of water throughout the day.
4. Fresh Air
Spending a little time outside each day is super important. Not only will the increased oxygen intake give you an energy boost, but you'll also get your daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D is most easily produced by safely exposing our skin to sunlight. So fifteen minutes outdoors each day can make a world of difference.
5. In Shape Mummy Health Shakes
Possibly the quickest and easiest way to boost your energy, In Shape Mummy's Health Shakes. Each serve contains 25 vitamins and minerals and a good serving of organic vegan protein and probiotics. A shake a day will provide you with the nutrients you need seize the day.
We know how tiring breastfeeding can be, but always remember you're not alone. So when you're feeling tired and broken during the long nights, think about all the other nursery lights on. And know that millions of mammas out there are also giving their bubs the best gift of all time.
Shevi is a qualified nutritionist with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food sciences. As a new mum herself, she is passionate about postnatal-related nutrition. Shevi has worked alongside some of the most famous leaders and celebrities in the fitness industry throughout Australia and the UK.
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