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GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN
MARIA’S SURVIVAL LIST
Haakaa Manual Breastpump Saver
Spectra S1 Breast Pump (w/ battery pack, so you don’t have to be plugged in to a wall!
Blanqi postpartum leggings
Nursing tank tops
Reusable nursing pads
Portable baby shusher
ONLINE TEXT THERAPY
(I could message my matched therapist any time of day and get a response within 24 hours) https://www.betterhelp.com/
(pre-made meals that were delivered to the gym and my husband could pick them up and bring them home. These were awesome, healthy options) https://www.territoryfoods.com/
GENERAL TIPS & HELPFUL ADVICE FROM MARIA
– A reminder that you don’t get those early postpartum days and weeks back. The dishes will get done, as will the laundry. Those early days are SO crucial for bonding with your baby. Don’t let anyone try to make you feel guilty for not wanting to share your baby. I wish I had been more firm on this, or set a time limit, ie: visitors are welcome to hold the baby for 20 minutes or whatever you are comfortable with. I just know that there were times when all I wanted to do was hold my baby and I didn’t know how to ask (which is terrible to think in hindsight).
– You can never have enough food. If someone is coming by and they ask what you need, tell them food. You can always freeze meals for later. Or, if you find yourself with an overabundance of food, then you can share with visitors – but don’t feel like you have to FEED your visitors!! (another thing I wish I were more clear on – visitors whether they be family or friends, should respect the fact that they are there to support you and your needs, not the other way around)
– Local moms groups on Facebook were wonderful in the early pp days. Ask your hospital if there are local in-person meet ups for new moms or breast feeding support groups – these meetings were invaluable to me.
– Pick a few books and load them up on your Kindle app on your phone or have them around the house where you will be nursing or feeding your baby. I got in the habit of only scrolling social media when I really had intended to be reading during that time. The more accessible you make reading, the easier it will be (if that’s your goal!) Otherwise, get some binge-worthy TV show recommendations. I found the show Working Moms on Netflix to be hilarious and relatable.