Breastfeeding on the go is no simple task, and with the holiday rush it may seem near impossible. But we have a few ideas to help you and baby stay on the nursing track during this busy time of year.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. Add to the mix the fact that you’re breastfeeding and this magical time can turn into chaos. You have holiday shopping to do, not to mention cooking, cleaning, parties, house guests and maybe traveling out of town. Don’t forget nap schedules and sleep routines will be out of whack.
Make Room for Breastfeeding
- Schedule nursing sessions. An older baby or toddler may be so distracted by your guests, new faces, places and toys that they forget to nurse. Unless you’re both ready to wean, it’s smart to schedule some nursing sessions so you and your child have a chance to relax and reconnect.
- Buy yourself an early gift. If you’re not comfortable breastfeeding in front of your guests, consider investing in a breastfeeding cover. Also, now may be the perfect time to buy a nice piece of nursing wear to add to your wardrobe. In an outfit made for breastfeeding, you won’t have to worry about how much of you is exposed.
- Employ the “This works for our family” response. This is probably the best piece of advice we can give when relatives or others question your parenting methods. In these circumstances, it’s best to not engage and simply respond with, “This works for our family,” and do your best to change the subject.
- Seek out help. If possible, ask your significant other or loved ones to run errands while you clean the house or vice versa. Invite your mom or sister to go shopping with you since it’s almost always easier with another adult along. Plan a baking day with a friend, so you’re not stuck making all the holiday treats. Know a responsible teen? See if she’ll help with cooking, wrapping or cleaning.
Remember that stress, lack of sleep, travel and irregular nursing sessions any time of year can all take a toll on you and your milk supply. So be mindful. Consult your physician if you have concerns, or direct your questions to the certified lactation consultants at Renown’s Lactation Connection.
Make time for yourself! And don’t forget to enjoy the holidays.