Breastfeeding mothers often suffer from sleep deprivation due to a needy infant during the first few months. However, even when the baby sleeps for 12 hours a day, you may not find time to sleep. This may be because you are worried about your new baby, suffering from financial stress, or simply not used to sleeping during the brief periods in which babies sleep. This may lead to stress-induced insomnia, making it even more difficult for you to fall asleep. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation or insomnia because of your little one, try these natural methods to get to sleep, and stay asleep.
Stress and anxiety are a major cause of insomnia, and having a newborn in the house is a stressful time. Add to this the changing hormonal levels after pregnancy and other postpartum symptoms and it is no wonder that new mothers have a difficult time falling and staying asleep. However, some lifestyle changes can help you reduce your stress around bedtime and overall.
When lifestyle changes are not enough to help you fall asleep, you may look towards supplements for assistance. Many breastfeeding mothers are concerned that herbs and medicines that promote sleep may pass through their breast milk to their baby. However, there are several safe options. Fenugreek and chamomile are generally considered safe for breastfeeding, but you should still consult with a doctor before using them.
If you decide to take other herbs while breastfeeding, use caution and monitor your baby for reactions. You should also keep in mind that many herbal supplements may make your overly lethargic and be careful to not fall asleep with your baby next to you while you are using them.
Insomnia in new mothers is a serious condition which may indicate postpartum depression. If these natural remedies do not work, you should consult your doctor and consider more intense remedies. Click here for info about sleep disorders and possible solutions.
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