If you're exclusively breastfeeding, you can barely get an hour alone, let alone an entire afternoon. So long to the days of Netflix marathons and spontaneous road trips. As amazing and empowering as it is to breastfeed your baby, sometimes all of the "mom" duties can feel overwhelming and you lose sight of the "non-mom" parts of yourself. Prioritizing self-care is essential for moms to stay healthy, but unfortunately that's a struggle for many moms. That being said, there are lots of ways to make time for yourself when you're exclusively breastfeeding that don't require much extra effort at all.
One piece from The Huffington Post noted that having alone time isn't just good for you, it's good for your kids as well. When you feel refreshed and cared for — not stretched too thin and exhausted — you're more likely to be the best mom you can be.
These tips aren't hard to implement. You could start right now if you wanted to. They're cheap (or totally free,) and most require minimal planning ahead. Exclusive breastfeeding may never be a walk in the park, but adding a few of these routines to your daily life can help you feel like a person and not just a milk-making mom.