Back pain & breastfeeding
Having a newborn baby is wonderful, but it can be hard work at times.
As well as the tiredness to deal with, bending down to pick up things, carrying supplies, changing nappies and breastfeeding can place a strain your back.
Here are a few tips that can help make breastfeeding in the early months more comfortable:
- Bring the baby to your breast – when you’re feeding you’ll be sitting for extended periods. Putting a pillow behind your back to keep it supported and bringing your baby to your breast or chest can help reduce aches that can arise from maintaining positions for long periods of time. If you need extra support, use pillows on your lap to ease the tension.
- We often overlook the risk of repetitive strain injury. Bending over to feed your baby a dozen times a day can cause problems. If you think your feeding position might be leading to back pain, try feeding in front of a mirror; seeing your position can help you adjust to ease the pain.
- Try breastfeeding standing up with a baby carrier – moving around while breastfeeding can ease the pressure on your back.
- Make sure you find the right wrap or baby carrier for you – with carriers, look for wide, padded shoulder straps, a belt going around your hips to distribute the weight and a carrier where the baby is positioned facing inward with a healthy hip position and fairly high on your body. For more information on healthy hip positions when carrying your baby and hip dysplasia click here.
- Make sure you have a glass of water within arms’ reach for you to drink – It’s important for you to keep hydrated.
- If you feel ready try some gentle exercises to restore muscle tone to the abdominal and back muscles, as this will help your body to balance the weight of carrying a new baby. Stretching exercises or light postnatal yoga can be a good way to help reduce pain
For more information on how Chiropractic can help, please contact Melanie Rogers on 01869 722053