Yoga and the Breastfeeding Mom
Believe what you’ve heard; breastfeeding is a full time gig. In the first few weeks of my son’s life, I wanted to give up. He was always hungry, and I was permanently hunched over nursing him. To all you new mamas out there, don’t give up; it gets so much better! My son is two and a half months old; he doesn’t cluster feed anymore, and breast feeding no longer hurts. I do however have to take care of my body to correct the hours spent in a poor posture while breastfeeding. Thank goodness for yoga!
To open my chest and stretch my upper back, I practice this restorative heart opener with a block under my shoulder blades and another one under my head.
And when my body is warm, I practice urdhva dhanurasana or wheel pose to fully open the front side of my body and relieve the strain on my back and shoulders.