Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential.

Capturing Moments: Self-Care Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers

As a newborn photographer specializing in baby photography,I've had the privilege of witnessing countless beautiful moments between mothers and their newborns. These moments are precious and fleeting, filled with tenderness and love. However, amidst the joy of welcoming a new life into the world, you need to remember it's essential for breastfeeding mothers to prioritize self-care. Nurturing yourself is not only vital for your well-being but also for the health and happiness of your little one.

Here are some self-care tips tailored specifically for breastfeeding mothers during newborn photography sessions and outside my space:


Stay Hydrated: Breastfeeding can be dehydrating, so it's crucial to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

I always have some water in the studio so feel free to grab one of the bottles while I photograph your baby. As a general keep hydrated all the time, and aim to sip water regularly in between feedings.

Nourish Your Body: Remember that you're nourishing not only your baby, but also yourself. Focus on eating nutrient-dense foods and incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into your diet. Avoid being hungry.

Please remember that newborn photography sessions are quite long, so feel free to bring and enjoy  munching your favorite snacks while I work with your baby.


Prioritize Rest: I understand that getting enough sleep with a newborn can be challenging. However, prioritizing rest whenever possible is essential for your physical and mental well-being. They say it for a reason "Try to nap when your baby sleeps”.

Don't hesitate to ask for help from your partner, family members, friends or ME during your baby’s photography session. As much as you may think it’s strange (believe me it’s not) you are more than welcome to sit back and rest during this time. I will take care of your little one – trust me.


Practice Self-Compassion: Be gentle with yourself as you navigate the ups and downs of breastfeeding. Remember that every mother's journey is unique, and it's okay to ask for support when you need it. Trust your instincts and believe in your ability to nourish and care for your baby.


Carve Out Me-Time: While caring for your baby andmanaging feeding is undoubtedly a priority, don't forget to carve out time foryourself. Whether it's taking a relaxing bath, going for a walk, or indulgingin a hobby you love, finding moments of solitude can help recharge yourbatteries and maintain your sense of self. I can’t offer you that in my space,but do that regularly for yourself.


Seek Support: Surround yourself with a supportive network of family, friends, and healthcare professionals who can offer guidance and encouragement along your breastfeeding journey. Joining a breastfeeding support group or connecting with other breastfeeding mothers online can also provide valuable camaraderie and advice.

Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness techniques into your daily routine to help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Whether it's through deep breathing exercises, meditation, or simply taking a few moments to appreciate the present moment, mindfulness can help you stay grounded amidst the whirlwind of new motherhood.


Celebrate Milestones: Finally, don't forget to celebrate the milestones – both big and small – along your breastfeeding journey. Whether it's reaching a breastfeeding goal you've set for yourself or simply enjoying a quiet moment of connection with your baby, take the time to acknowledge and cherish these precious moments.


Remember, self-care isn't selfish – it's essential. By prioritizing your well-being, you're not only nurturing yourself but also creating a foundation of health and happiness for both you and your little one.So take a moment to breathe, to rest, and to appreciate the incredible journey of motherhood that you're on. You deserve it.


Wishing you love, strength, and moments of joy on your breastfeeding journey.

Bea x

I’m Beata Szafer and I am a photographer in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire behind My Beloved Photos

Creating lasting memories is one of my big passions in life. It gives me so much pleasure, with or without camera in hand :)

If you like my style of photography, please feel free to get in touch and share your thoughts; by detailing your preferences and vision,  I can personalize your session and capture those special moments for you to cherish for ever.

Most of the time I work from my small and cosy photography studio based in Bletchley, however I don’t mind travelling for some stunning outdoor photoshoots around Milton Keynes, and surrounding areas.

If you want to get to know me a little better, please visit my photography blog.

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