Nourish Yourself Postpartum With A Few Natural Products & Routines
The fourth trimester is a delicate season for both newborns and mothers. The physical transition that both bodies endure can be both humbling and trying, in equal measure. While we tend to focus on swaddling our little one in tender loving care, it’s easy to overlook a new mother’s needs during this challenging transition.
Mental and emotional health is not to be overlooked, but for starters, we’ve compiled some of our favorite products for physical recovery. While every new mother’s needs are different there’s something here for you whether you’re recovering from a vaginal or cesarian delivery, whether you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding, or both.
Below are 5 of our favorite natural essentials to build into your postpartum routine—for your own comfort and care.
For Safe Healing
An oft-unanticipated part of the healing process is easing your body into breastfeeding—if you choose or are able to do so. While easy and effortless for some, the process can be painful and even excruciating for others. The friction and strain on your nipples can lead to blisters and the skin can take days at best or weeks at worst to toughen up and tolerate the hourly strain. Lansinoh's Lanolin Cream can provide safe and effective relief. The 100% natural and single-ingredient product is safe for both you and your little one.
For Soothing Relief
No matter your own unique circumstance, you’re sure to have stretched, strained, and torn parts of your body during delivery. Epsom salt baths are a tried-and-true way to nourish and soothe all of your sore and sensitive areas. When the salts break down into magnesium and sulfate in water, it’s commonly believed that the minerals are absorbed into your skin to relax and soothe. Readily available online and in local grocers, epsom salts are both an easy and affordable item for any new mother.
Organic Bra Liners
For Protection From Leaks
Breastfeeding mothers can expect lots of leaks whether they breastfeed for hours, days, months or years. Until your body settles into produce a predictable supply, it’s not unusual to over-produce and end up with leaky breasts, often at the least opportune times. Find a mother who’s breastfed and she’ll tell you about an embarrassing moment on the street, at the store, in a meeting when she looked down to find wet stains on her shirt. Enter the washable, organic cotton nursing pad. A true lifesaver, they slip easily into any bra, can be washed and reused to minimize waste, and are soft on even the sorest nipples.
For Simple & Natural Moisturizing
There’s little as reassuring as a trustworthy single-ingredient product when you’re concerned with exposure to yourself and your little one. Organic coconut oil can be a gentle and effective way to moisturize and sooth your skin as it heals from the stress and strain of pregnancy. Safe to ingest and absorb (in moderation of course), you can apply it all over without fearing what your little one is exposed to as they snuggle or nurse.
For Practical Beauty
When everything aches and yet your body is in high demand—whether to nurse or nestle—every woman needs a soft, supportive bra. Storq offers a line of thoughtfully-designed essentials that are intended to be useful and beautiful before, during, and after pregnancy. Their line prioritizes natural fibers that wear and wash easily. No clips, wires, pinching or pain points, their soft Everyday Bra is as comfortable to sleep and snuggle in as it is to nurse with.
Kassia Binkowski is a Contributing Editor at The Good Trade and the Founder of One K Creative. She grew up in Madison, WI and traveled her way around the world to Boulder, CO which she now calls home. Nestled against the Rocky Mountains, Kassia supports innovative organizations from Colorado to Kathmandu tell their stories of social change through writing, photography, and design. Kassia is an eternal optimist and forever a backroad wanderer.