Mixing breastfeeding and the holidays can make some moms want to panic! While having a new baby can add fun to the holiday festivities, but can also add to the stress. Here are some tips to help make your holiday festivities easier and worry-free.
Top Breastfeeding Tips to Help You Enjoy this Holiday Season:
1. Alcohol is ok! One of the most common questions surrounding the holidays is just how festive mom can be. Believe it or not, it is perfectly fine to have alcohol in moderation. So enjoy a glass or two of champagne! Cheers!
2. Don’t forget to nurse the baby. this may sound like stating the obvious, but it is not uncommon for moms to get so caught up in what is going on that they forget to nurse! Try to stay as close as possible to your regular nursing pattern so that your baby is well fed and happy and you don’t risk getting engorged!
3. Enjoy the food! Contrary to what you may hear, most babies can tolerate mom eating and drinking a variety of foods without getting gassy or fussy. They may even enjoy the variety of tastes that they get in the breast milk. So enjoy…but make sure you don’t just eat the sweets. Mommies need energy from good, healthy food as well.
4. Get your sleep! Staying up until the wee hours to wrap gifts may not be a good idea. If you can nap with your baby during the day, take advantage of it and both you and baby will enjoy the holiday happy and rested.
5. Watch your baby’s cues. If your baby starts to seem over-stimulated, it may be time to sneak off to a quiet room for some one-on-one time for the two of you. Some babies are sensitive to too much activity, so if baby seems to need time…enjoy that little break together.
6. Plan around nap time. Be firm with this request with relatives or friends when planning your schedule. A rested baby will be much more enjoyable for everyone!
7. Plan ahead. Make sure that you have the things you need to make the day stress-free. If you are going to nurse in public, make sure you have a nursing cover or receiving blanket handy to give yourself a little privacy. If a nursing pillow helps, bring that along too!
8. Enjoy! Your breastfeeding relationship with your little one is one of the best gifts he or she will receive this holiday. Enjoy these special moments this holiday season!
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