Time for tea

Mother & Baby (UK) - - UPFRONT -

THERE AREN’T MANY prob­lems that can’t be at least partly solved by putting the ket­tle on, and this clever mum-hack to soothe post-birth in­flam­ma­tion or dis­com­fort us­ing tea is no dif­fer­ent. Place four chamomile teabags in a jug of boil­ing wa­ter, cover, and leave to steep for 30 min­utes. Then lay a cou­ple of ma­ter­nity pads on a bak­ing tray, soft-side up, and pour the tea on un­til each is fully soaked. Place the tray in the fridge for at least an hour, then find a thick towel to stick on the sofa, pop a cool­ing pad in your pants, and sit down and re­lax for 15 min­utes. You can find more straight-talk­ing tips in The Lit­tle Book of Self-care for New Mums by Beccy Hands and Alexis Strick­land (£12.99, pen­guin­ran­dom house.co.uk).

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