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Rest and sleep are important to breast-feeding women for keeping up their energy and their milk production.
You likely will not have a normal schedule
when you first start to breast-feed. But you can take naps and find time to
rest for short periods throughout the day, such as when your baby sleeps.
In addition to rest, exercise will also help you
feel your best. For the time you are
breast-feeding, try to plan a routine that
incorporates both rest and exercise.
very important to ask for help when you need it. Ideally, plan ahead for
certain periods that a friend, relative, or babysitter can come in to help with
your chores and child care so you can exercise or rest.
For information about how to help your baby sleep well, see Sleep: Helping Your Children—and Yourself—Sleep Well.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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