Dr. Sayed Mujahid Husain, Paediatrician with Apollo Medical Centre, Bangalore, India, explains why new mums who have been breastfeeding exclusively, often complain of feeling weak.
Will I become weak if I breastfeed?
Well, the truth is that most of the new mothers feel weak, irrespective of the fact whether they are breastfeeding their little ones or not.
Recovering from childbirth, feeding and attending to your baby round-the-clock with compromised sleep is exhausting beyond comparison. It can worsen if you have household chores to finish every day.
If you feel tired and sluggish after feeding your child follow these tips to feel better while breastfeeding:
- Stay hydrated: Drink a lot of water and healthy fluids. Dehydration is one of the main causes of sucking up your energy.
- Eat right: You might feel very hungry during breastfeeding. Include healthy foods like veggies, fruits, lean meat, eggs, dairy products, milk, dry fruits, legumes, fish, and other seafood in your diet.
- Exercise daily: Take a walk with your little one, even if it’s for 30 minutes. You will regain your lost stamina.
- Rest: Don’t lose any opportunity to rest. Catch as much sleep as you can.
- Multivitamins and supplements: Finish your course of multivitamins and health supplements that are advised by your doctor.
An exclusively breastfeeding woman needs an extra 500 calories per day. It requires high-energy food consumption to produce milk to nurture your baby. You will be prescribed a daily dose of calcium, iron, and other multivitamins after childbirth, which is essential in keeping you healthy.
Your bones do lose calcium while breastfeeding, but the good news is that it is restored back within six months after you have weaned your child.