Taking Care of Yourself

It is easy to become overwhelmed due to the baby’s sleeping patterns and the need to be up frequently during the night. Learning to breastfeed can be a fulltime job, and the ability to catnap throughout the day will help you with the challenge of the baby’s need to feed frequently. It’s important that you continue to get rest following your discharge from the hospital. For the first few weeks, most new parents find it helpful to have close friends or family members to help them run the household. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with the basic chores of laundry, cleaning and cooking. If you don’t have family members nearby, your church may have members who volunteer to help with providing meals and general household tasks. This will free you to take care of yourself and your baby.