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R is for Rest

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Breastfeeding and caring for a newborn is hard work! It can feel unending and exhausting and you’re expected to do it after your own body has been through a journey of pregnancy and birth. Make sure you try to get as much sleep as possible and prioritise sufficient rest and self-care. What sleep and self-care techniques worked best for you when you were nursing your baby?

Partners and family members can step up to support a breastfeeding mother’s rest by doing other tasks in the home (chores, cooking, caring for other children) so that the mother can rest with her baby. Be ready to take the baby if the mother needs to shower or asks for some time on her own, but don’t automatically assume that your role is to hold the baby. 

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R is for Rest