If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet, or with other moms, or perhaps just on Earth, then you may have noticed this trend of mom-shaming that is seeping into motherhood like the contents of a diaper that needs to be change. (Yes, I realize that’s a gross analogy, but mom-shaming is gross, so it stays.) Knowing you're going to be judged can impact how a new mom makes choices, especially when she's postpartum and figuring out motherhood for the first time. Still, there are things every new mom does postpartum that she should never apologize for, whether she ends up being shamed or not. In the end, there isn't a person in the world who knows what's best for you and your new baby (even if you feel like you don't know much of all, because wow, motherhood can be overwhelming).
Of course, I’m not suggesting that moms should, like, leave small children alone at the park to go enjoy some solo time at a nearby tapas. Obviously a baby's safety is important, and in order to take care of a new baby sacrifices are usually (read: almost always) made by everyone. However, taking care of a new baby also means taking care of yourself, and there are things every mom either does (or should do, if it works best for her) that can help her feel at her best, albeit sore and exhausted, so that taking care of that new baby isn't as overwhelming as it can be.
Honestly, until the "mommy wars" comes to an end and our country decides to support new mothers (hello mandatory paid family leave), every new mom is going to feel bombarded with unsolicited advice and judgment. In the end, just do what is best for you and if the following works for you, definitely don't apologize for it.