Back Pain When Breastfeeding
Glendale Physical Therapist
The time has come and your new bundle of joy has arrived! While recovering from the delivery, and taking care of your baby, you may also find yourself having some aches and pains of your own. I know for me, I was constantly having back pains. My daughter is 9 months old now, and I was still continuously having this sharp back pain throughout the day. Of course I consulted with Dr. Hefferon about my pains, and he asked me a simple question “How is your posture when you nurse your daughter?”– hmm, well I was stumped. I have never really thought of my back when I nursed her. I just got her in the most comfortable position for her, not thinking about me. Sure enough that evening, I realized that was the root of my back pains, I was leaning so far forward to help accommodate my child, causing the daily pains! Now that we figured out that breastfeeding can cause back pain, what do you need to do to stop it? Here are some tips that helped me overcome the pains:
1. Use a Pillow
I lay my daughter on a pillow to allow for more support and to help get her closer to me, versus me bending over.
I actually stretch my back out a few times a day!
3. Watch your Posture
When nursing and when you are not, check your posture, make sure you are relying on your stomach and back muscles the proper way and giving your body and core the support you need.
4. See a Physical Therapist
Of course I went to see Dr. Hefferon, and saw a huge difference in my back that day! Instant relief is always the best! Impact Physical Therapy specializes in women’s services as well!
I hope you, mama, can get some relief, so you can continue to enjoy that new little one, and pain free!