THE NEW MOM GUIDE TO BALANCING SLEEP WITH BREASTFEEDING
Why are there so many new mom jokes involving copious amounts of coffee? New moms are exhausted and there is a good reason for it! It is really hard to get sleep when breastfeeding a newborn. Not to worry, mama, we’ve got you covered with these four strategies to get more sleep when breastfeeding a newborn.
Did you know, newborns may nurse up to 8-12 times a day, and each session may last up to 30 or 40 minutes? Let’s do the math - on a good day a new mom is nursing that baby 6-8 hours per day (same rules apply for breast pumping). Around the clock.
This number doesn’t include the time needed for latching, burping or clean up (I know my little angel liked to spit up. A lot!). So, a rough estimate shows that a new mom is feeding that baby (pumping or breastfeeding) for around 10 hours within a 24 hour period. Damn right she needs her coffee!
Want to learn how to get some sleep when breastfeeding a newborn? Read on, mama.
So, while I can’t guarantee you won’t still need that cup of coffee, these strategies will help you to get some much needed rest. Now stop reading this blog and go take a nap, mama!
Carey Bradshaw, Author (& Nursing Aficionado)
Carey Bradshaw is a working mom just trying to balance it all. She runs Hooter Holster and Creative Butter. In her (scant) free time, she loves yoga, reading, volunteering with All for Animals, and just being outside in the sunshine. Carey lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and business partner, George, their volunteer therapy dog, Buttercup, and their rambunctious and lovable toddler.