Hi there! I have a 7 month old daughter and I started hooping again in february after not hooping for over a year during my pregnancy and the first few months of my daughters life. I noticed a decrease in milk production and got mastitis twice when I started hooping again. The following advice comes from my own experience, I am not a medical professional, I get my advice from WIC, the Denver Health lactation nurses, my Doula, and The Baby Center. In order to keep my milk production up I started carrying two water bottles with me. Second I started taking Lactate Support from Gaia Herbs, they are pretty expensive but I only take them on days when I am feeing low in supply and still notice an increase in milk. I have read other success stores from active mom's who drink the lactations support teas (which is very similar to the supplement) and eat lactation cookies (http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-chocolate-chip-lactation-cookies...). I have also read about instances where the herbs do nothing for people, everyone is different, they work for me. I was lucky enough to get my own Medela breast pump from WIC, so I have made it a habit to pump at least two ounces before I go to bed. Pumping (even manual compression) is the number one recommended way to increase milk supply. Now after I got mastitis My nurse recommended to try the supplement Lecithin, I did and my mastitis cleared up the next day. Never had to take any antibiotics even though I had a bad fever. While I was taking the Lecithin I would apply a hot compress to the affected area or take a hot shower right before nursing and exclusively nursed on the infected side in order to keep it empty (I would pump the other side to keep it from getting engorged). I hope this helps, but it is just one persons advice I hope you get more. One more piece of advice is don not chest hoop while you are engorged!!!
Congratulations on bringing your little one into the world! I'm not a mother but I would advice you to definitely make sure you do things to make yourself happy! What a great way to show your children, even at this young, that momma loves herself and letting go by that hooping energy. Hooping is a great source of stress relief, and your little one can receive the benefits of you doing what you love to do :)
I've gone through this as well. I have a two year old and a one year old - 15 months apart. I didn't pick up the hoop "for real" again until a few weeks ago when my youngest turned one! I just didn't have time or energy- now I hoop at night after they have gone to bed. I guess I would suggest that- make a plan to either hoop during naps or after bed and do the cleaning and housework and, of course, staring at your sleeping angel, for the other time. I have an LED hoop so I go out at night when their daddy is inside to listen for them- but you could always set up a monitor or something or clear out a room I remember when my littlest was only a few months old I hooped in the living room while she was in her chair- only waist hooping of course so the chance of sending a flying hoop towards my babes was not possible. - but I agree with the previous poster- making time for yourself is important. you are a mother, which is the greatest role in the world, but you are also a hooper- it's important not to lose too much of who you were pre-baby after having one. :)
Congratulations on the little one!! :)
I started hooping while I was still nursing my son. It didn't cause any problems and gave me a wonderful way to play and de-stress. Guilt is tough to deal with. I think all new mom's struggle with it. But you do not have to feel guilty when you enjoy yourself! You have to make time for you. In the long run your baby will be better off with a happy, healthy mama. We have to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others.
Happy hooping, mama!
I entirely agree, a car needs gas in order to run. A mother needs to be happy, rested, and loved in order to be a great mommy. Your body will do what it needs to.