Breastfeeding can be one of the highlights of new motherhood. It’s a great feeling to feed and bond with your baby in a special way. But it’s not always warm and fuzzy. Breastfeeding can be challenging, painful, and extremely taxing. You run the risk of feeling touched out, and you're usually zapped of any energy, freedom, and sense of bodily autonomy. And, of course, you have to plan ahead if you’ll be away from your baby for more than a couple of hours. That’s why it’s so important to do something special for yourself while breastfeeding. Forgetting about yourself comes almost naturally to most moms, and even more so when you’re still using your entire body to nourish your child.
It was difficult for me to breastfeed my son for so many different, but equally frustrating, reasons. But while I struggled to produce an adequate amount of breast milk, I kept at it for a few months because I enjoyed nursing my son so much. I knew that even if it was challenging, I was only going to be breastfeeding for a limited amount of time, so I tried to keep myself in a positive mindset throughout the entire experience.
I’d say the best thing I did for myself while breastfeeding was to feed my baby while in a special rocking chair my parents brought me from Nicaragua, their home country. It was and is ridiculously comfortable, and sitting in that beautiful chair made me feel supported by my family while I embarked on this new journey called motherhood. I spoke with other nursing moms on what they felt was the best thing (or things) they did for themselves while breastfeeding their little ones, and here’s what they shared: