Boost Your Oxytocin Levels For Maximum Postpartum Nourishment
Oxytocin is well known for its role in birthing but did you know it’s super important for mothering and breastfeeding too? This hormone aids healing helps provide pain relief, is important for breastfeeding and it helps us feel calm and nurturing. You can see why it’s important to do oxytocin-boosting activities daily for your postpartum nourishment. What helps you feel happy? Maybe a massage or cuddle, a walk in the fresh air, singing, having a bath or picking some fresh flowers? Write down a list and stick it on your fridge as a reminder to take time each day. Of course, looking lovingly at your baby is the biggest oxytocin boost!
Do Some Meal Planning
You’ve probably heard me go on about this but honestly, food is life. It will be tricky after the baby arrives to prepare meals so… put some thought into this while you’re pregnant. Start by clearing out your freezer and make some nutritious and easy-to-digest meals. You’ll probably get hungry at unexpected times so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make some food that is easy to eat one-handed while you feed your baby. One of my all-time favourite books with postpartum nourishment recipes is ‘The first forty days’. You can batch cook big soups or broths and then freeze into portions for easing de-frosting. This may be something you want to do with friends during pregnancy. I also like the idea of a meal train so friends can roster a day that they can drop off a ready-made home-cooked meal to you. Organise this at your mother blessing (or better yet, designate a friend to coordinate for you).
Set Up A Breastfeeding Station
Breastfeeding is a full-time job after giving birth. When your baby is first learning to feed it can take quite a while for each session. Make sure you have at least one ‘station’ set up where you have a comfy chair, footstool, extra pillows, a book, your drink bottle or thermos and a yummy snack. I recently found a great lactation biscuit recipe in the ‘Nourishing Newborn Mothers’ cookbook. The recipe uses oats, flour, butter, coconut sugar, linseed and delicious spices like cinnamon, cardamon and ginger. They are nutritious and very satisfying for a hungry mama.
Hire A Postpartum Doula
When YOU feel nourished, you can be a better mama for your baby. Having the help of a professional can make a huge difference to your experience of the early weeks of motherhood. Wouldn’t it be amazing if your postpartum was the best six weeks of your life? As a postpartum doula, I offer remedial massage, belly binding, nourishing home-cooked meals, breastfeeding support, newborn care and a range of holistic therapies and remedies designed to assist you to feel balanced and well supported. This adds to your postpartum nourishment so you can feel peaceful and contented in your new role.
Tips For Visitors
Women often find it difficult to ask for help. If there is ever a time in your life to get extra support, it’s after your baby arrives. Visitors want to help but sometimes aren’t sure how. This is NOT the time to be playing host and making cups of tea! Instead, only invite people who can provide the support you need. Make a little note that can go on your fridge letting people know how they can help. Something like: Hello! Thanks for visiting us. It’d be so helpful if you could do one of the following; put a load of washing, hang some clothes out, do the dishes, sweep the floor, make a yummy meal, play a game with the kids, hold the baby while I shower or simply ask ‘how can I help?’.