‘The affirmations have helped me massively and I’m trusting in her more to know how much she needs. Thank you again so so much for your support. I’ve really enjoyed our feeds the past 24 hours, the relaxations really help.’
Being a new parent can be stressful and many new families have periods of feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Mindfulness in Breastfeeding can be a useful tool to enable you to get the most from your breastfeeding journey, using what we know about how our emotional and physical bodies connect.
Using mindfulness techniques, we can teach ourselves to move to a more calm and relaxed state, which allows our body to repair and recover at a cellular level, imperative for postnatal recovery. Being in a calmer state also allows parents to make better decisions, trust their instincts and calm the flight or flight response when it comes to parenting.
Oxytocin (the LOVE hormone) plays a large part in lactation, and this can only be released at its best when we are in a state of relaxation and calm.
Using mindful breastfeeding has been shown to increase milk supply and pumping output, enable parents to be more relaxed, have confidence in their parenting abilities and enjoy time with their baby more.
During a Mindful Breastfeeding Antenatal consultation, we include discussion of your own story of breastfeeding,
the biology of breastfeeding, latch, support networks, safe sleeping and the use of relaxation.
As a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner, I offer Mindful Breastfeeding to all my postnatal clients. Depending on your wishes, this may involve affirmations, guided visualisations and other mindfulness tools.
If you are a practitioner working with antenatal or postnatal clients and would like to add a Mindful Breastfeeding session to your classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss