Looking After Your Back While Breastfeeding​

Looking after your back while breastfeeding
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Breastfeeding is far more than simply providing nutrition; it nurtures the strong bond and attachment between you and your baby. However, it can also create challenges with upper back and neck pain due to spending more time sitting and holding your baby. In this blog post, we will explore the top tips and insights shared by British Chiropractic Association member Jennifer Hudson, who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.


Top Breastfeeding Tips:


  • Keep Moving: Incorporate movement into your breastfeeding routine whenever possible. Staying active can help alleviate musculoskeletal symptoms associated with prolonged sitting and holding. Consider using an age-appropriate sling or baby carrier to ease discomfort while keeping your baby close.
  • ·Vary Seating and Positioning: Experiment with different seating options and positions to find the one that best suits your comfort and posture. Placing a small stool under your foot on the same side as your baby feeds can provide additional support.
  • Change Positions: Once you've identified your optimal breastfeeding position, remember to vary it periodically to prevent tension from accumulating in the same areas. This simple practice can help alleviate strain and promote musculoskeletal health.
  • Seek Support: Don't hesitate to seek support when needed. Whether it's addressing musculoskeletal pain with healthcare professionals or seeking advice and camaraderie from fellow mothers, reaching out is crucial. There's strength in seeking assistance and sharing experiences.
  • Utilise Slings and Carriers: Appropriate slings and baby carriers can be invaluable tools for supporting your back, keeping your baby close, and facilitating breastfeeding on the go. Explore sling libraries across the UK to try out different options and find what works best for you.
  • Gradual Exercise: Engage in gradual exercise to ease postpartum discomfort and promote overall well-being. It is important to follow the advice of your GP or midwife to ensure safety and suitability. Look for exercise classes tailored to new mothers in your area for additional support and guidance.



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