After months full of ups and downs, a new year is the perfect time for moms to evaluate their busy lives to see what works and what doesn’t. And for breastfeeding moms, there is no better time to make the most of your breastfeeding journey than at the start of a new year! Whether it’s trying a completely new tactic to pump more breast milk or focusing on a self-care activity, nursing moms can start today to make the most of the new year. Read below to explore Pumps for Mom’s top five resolutions for breastfeeding moms!
Give yourself a break.
First and foremost, try not to take any of your New Year’s resolutions too seriously! As important as it is for moms to reevaluate what is working well in their motherhood journeys, resolutions should not be set in stone. Goals like eating right and exercising more can be great, but many moms may benefit more from slowing down and taking a break once in a while. Breastfeeding can be exhausting, and moms everywhere face constant pressure to be better and do better for their children. In reality, taking a moment to care for yourself and destress can make you a more attentive mom in the long-term. You may be a mama, but you are still a person too, and everyone needs some time for themselves!
Try a new breastfeeding position or product.
It never hurts to try something new! Whether you have your breastfeeding routine down to a science or you’re still struggling to find your groove, mix it up with a product that can make your life easier. From a new nursing bra or compression product to a wearable breast pump or extra breast milk storage bags, the new year is a perfect time to treat yourself. If saving money is another one of your resolutions, you can still try something new as you breastfeed. Trying a new breastfeeding position or alternating between nursing and pumping can refresh your breastfeeding routine so you can find what works best for you.
Do your best to stop the comparisons.
An inclusive community can be an excellent way for moms to learn from and support each other through the ups and downs of motherhood. However, mom-shaming and constant comparisons can sneak into these communities, both online and in-person, especially when it comes to breastfeeding mistakes. No mom is perfect, even if her social media accounts look that way. This year, try to focus less on how you compare to another mom and look instead at your little one. If they are happy, healthy, and safe, you’re probably doing a great job, mama!
Prioritize nutrition over dieting.
Breastfeeding can be mentally and physically tiring, so giving your body the right fuel is essential. Foods high in vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients can provide the energy moms need to make breast milk as they check everything else off the to-do list. Nursing moms require extra nutrients like iron, omega-3s, and carbohydrates, so skip the fad diets this year and try some new foods to ensure you feel your best while you breastfeed. And for moms struggling with low supply, certain foods may have the added bonus of giving your breast milk a boost.
Make the most of your insurance coverage.
The start of a new year means most insurance plans reset, and deductibles go back to zero. And when it comes to insurance coverage, moms may be entitled to more than they think. New moms who started breastfeeding but are now wondering if they need a breast pump may be able to get a breast pump through insurance with no out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, insurance-covered maternity compression products may be available to moms who want to speed up their recovery after pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Work with the maternity product specialists at Pumps for Mom to see what your insurance can do for you this year!
At Pumps for Mom, we help moms get the top breast pumps through insurance without the stress. Our simple qualification form and our team of maternity product specialists can verify insurance coverage and help moms find the best insurance breast pump for their needs. We know moms have enough to do without worrying about how to get their breast pump. While you focus on taking care of your little one, let us focus on getting your breast pump through insurance to your door. Qualify for your breast pump with Pumps for Mom today!