Mixing breastfeeding and the holidays can make some moms want to panic! Oh the stress!
While having a new baby can add fun to the holiday festivities, but can also add to the stress of the holidays! But it doesn’t need to be that way.
If you are breastfeeding this holiday season, there is no need to worry. With a little planning ahead, you can avoid the added stress and maybe even use it as an excuse to slip away from some more annoying party guests or relatives to enjoy a little quiet time with your sweet little one!
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. A little 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 of champagne! As long as you don’t over-do it, you can enjoy some holiday drinks. So…cheers! (Click here to learn the truth about breastfeeding and alcohol…)
2. Don’t forget to nurse the baby. We know that sounds like we are stating the obvious, but it is not uncommon for moms to get so caught up in what is going on that they forget to breastfeed! That can make for a cranky baby!!! 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! (Set an alarm on your phone if that would help.)
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 often enjoy the variety of tastes that they get in the breast milk. (They even enjoy more variety of foods as toddler because of that!) 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! This one is often hard this time of year! 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 try to sneak in some rest too! Moms need sleep too! Then 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. It will probably be a good choice for both of you.
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! (Learn the biggest mistakes parent’s make to ruin their baby’s sleep!)
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 (these are our favorites!) 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!
Honestly, moms put way too much pressure on themselves to make the holidays absolutely perfect. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself for that. Just take time to enjoy the festivities!
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