Managing maternal postpartum fatigue is a challenge that many new parents have to face. Not only are you exhausted at the end of your first day, but your infant is tired, too. There is not much that you can do to keep them from feeling tired. Many mothers go right ahead and eat fast during the day so they don't get the full benefit of their first meal.
But this can have a negative effect on the baby. When your baby starts eating solid food, he or she will be hungry again within minutes. If you skip feeding time, by the time the baby is hungry it will be almost 2 hours later and could cause discomfort.
Some moms will nurse their babies until nearly night time when they feel better. This is not helpful. It could cause your baby to become dehydrated. Dehydration, as well as insufficient nourishment, lead to tiredness for babies just like adults. Dehydration can cause problems for both the mother and her infant.
The best way to avoid maternal postpartum fatigue is to ensure that you give your child all the attention that he or she needs during the day. You don't have to do this immediately after birth. Continue to do this for several days, even up to a week or two later. Make sure that you never leave the infant unattended for this period.
Even if you've breastfed your baby, you may still want to nurse him or her in the evening. Keep the same routine during the day, but don't nurse your baby in the evening. Even though it may seem more convenient, it could lead to bad habits.
For example, it may be tempting to let your child sleep for a while after birth. During the night, your infant is probably tired and may have fallen asleep easier. Try not to let him go to bed immediately after he has fallen asleep. Just keep him in his cradle, making sure that he has plenty of milk in the afternoon so he doesn't drink too much water, which can dehydrate him.
The same goes for the morning naps that many mothers start taking after birth. Although they're short, try not to skip them. If you feel like your child needs his sleep, don't avoid him from taking it, whatever the time of day. You'll find that he'll either fall asleep faster or better without the interruption of the morning nap.
Remember that managing fatigue after child delivery requires a lot of patience and time on your part. But these tips will make it easier. Try to remember that there's no such thing as instant relief from fatigue. However, if you take things easy and rest until your child feels well again, your baby will thank you for it!
Some women who've experienced this also swear by taking a nice warm bath in the evening. You may be wondering why a bath in the evening when most nurses don't allow it. The answer is quite straightforward. By taking a warm bath in the evening, your body will be relaxed and the chemicals in your system will be less likely to cause trouble the next day.
Another tip is to keep your child's room bright and cheery. You may be tempted to turn on the television or read a book before you put your baby down to sleep. It will make your child feel more rested and less likely to feel irritable during the night.
And it will make your child more likely to go to sleep at a reasonable hour, rather than falling asleep in the middle of the night when you know he won't be able to stay asleep long due to being so tired.
Some mothers choose to use an infant nursing pillow during the night. An infant nursing pillow can help prevent your child from rolling onto his back. It can also make it easier for you to get your baby to sleep on his side instead of his stomach, which can make things uncomfortable for him.
Keep in mind that these pillows are very soft, so it will be difficult for you to put your child down if he pulls on it the wrong way. This is especially true if he has stopped nursing.
Managing maternal postpartum fatigue is often best left to the mothers who have suffered it. While there are steps you can take, such as an infant nursing pillow, it is up to you to find the method that works best for you.
You may be surprised to learn that there are many tips and tricks you can use to help ease your feelings of exhaustion. Of course, if you can manage to get some rest during the day, that will help as well. So, find the method that works for you, but don't spend all your time worrying about it!
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