Breastfeeding is such a beautiful experience, but it can certainly take a toll on your body in many different ways. It’s so important as breastfeeding moms that we nourish and take care of our bodies to be able to provide for our baby. Doing these stretches is an easy thing to add to your routine and can provide a lot of relief for you! Not only that, but it gives you a moment to just be quiet and focus on yourself.
These stretches are so helpful to help with any tension and discomfort that can result from holding your baby during feeding sessions. Sometimes we can catch ourselves hunching over or not in the most comfortable position while we nurse! Remember that everyone's body is different, so it's important to listen to your own comfort level and adjust the stretches accordingly.
Working out, whether while you're in the midst of your breastfeeding journey or after your little one is weened obviously looks different than before baby appeared (I have to keep reminding myself of this). But even if you choose to not workout right now, these are great stretches for your body.
Sit or stand with your back straight.
Roll your shoulders forward in a circular motion, then roll them backward.
Repeat this motion several times to help relieve shoulder tension.
Gently tilt your head to one side, bringing your ear toward your shoulder.
Hold the stretch for 15-20 seconds on each side.
You can also gently rotate your head in a circular motion, being mindful not to strain your neck.
Chest Opener Stretch:
Stand in a doorway with your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle and your forearms resting on the door frame.
- Step forward slightly, feeling a gentle stretch in your chest and shoulders.
- Hold for about 20-30 seconds, breathing deeply.Don’t forget that it’s okay to take a moment and take care of yourself too! Finding little pockets of time during your day are going to be key when you are in this busier phase of life.
PS - if you’re breastfeeding and need a little extra support, download my free guide here full of tips and info for breastfeeding moms!