Find Bliss while Breastfeeding during the Holidays

Breastfeeding during the holidays may be the most challenging time of year.  You surely have extra responsibilities, whether it’s shopping for gifts, hosting festive gatherings or attending holiday festivities.  All of these things make your usual schedule a bit more difficult.  But when you are breastfeeding, feeding your baby consistently is important.  In addition to the scheduling conflicts, added food selections, being away from home more often and stress can take their toll on your once peaceful breastfeeding routine.  Today we’re helping you find bliss while breastfeeding during the holidays.

Breastfeeding Schedule

Holiday schedules can be relentless.  With all that you need to get done, look at breastfeeding as a welcome break from the commotion of the holidays.  If you bring baby along for your holiday shopping and party-planning, make it a priority to stop and nurse at your normal times.  Find a comfy spot in a department store lounge or recline your car seat and enjoy the peace and quite for a few minutes while you nourish your baby.  When you feel you need to leave your baby home to be more 1e69759d-8c48-40e0-8679-02ca22d7f990productive, leave a hearty breast milk bottle for your partner or caregiver to feed the baby.  Here’s the number one rule about your breastfeeding schedule:  do not skip feedings!  Beyond your baby being fussy and hungry, skipping feedings could cause a reduction in your milk supply, plug your ducts or lead to mastitis.  All of these problems would be much harder to overcome, especially during the holidays, than sitting down for 30 minutes to feed your baby at her usual times.

Breastfeeding Diet

It’s essential that nursing moms continue to eat plenty of food, and a healthy diet at that.  Don’t let the hectic holidays cause you to skip meals either and try to stay on track with healthy food selections.  It’s ok to indulge now and then; after all, you should get to enjoy the holidays too.  But avoid too much sugar and salt, stay away from alcohol and don’t eat more than the recommended amount of high mercury fish.  Additionally, keep in mind that some holiday spices are known to reduce milk supply when consumed in excess.  These include sage, thyme and mint.  Also, seasonal decongestants that are designed to help relieve clogged sinuses can cause low milk supply.  Take these sparingly and otherwise seek natural remedies to clear you cold.

Breastfeeding Wardrobe

While shopping, attending holiday events or hanging out with family, chances are you will need to breastfeed around others at some point this holiday season.  Wear comfortable, breastfeeding-friendly clothes that allow easy access for nursing wherever you are.  Nursing tank tops with layered sweaters are always a fabulous and discrete choice.  Of course, never leave home without your nursing bra.  The last thing you’ll want to do is fumble to pull off your clothes with a hungry baby and a room full of people around.  Select nursing bras that fit you properly and comfortably at every stage of your breastfeeding journey and pick styles that meet your individual needs.  We’re pleased to offer a variety of comfortable, chic and festive nursing bras for every mom’s every occasion this season.

Breastfeeding Criticisms

If you face criticism or unsolicited advice while breastfeeding during the holidays, you’re not alone.  When you are around extended family and friends who are not used to observing breastfeeding or who have their own opinions on caring for a baby, they may be more vocal about it than you wish.  First, don’t let anyone else’s criticisms deter you from doing what you know is best for your baby or stress you out.  Have a line or two on hand to combat their negative comments such as “breast milk is absolutely the best food for babies – I’d be happy to send you an article about it,” or “my baby and I are both enjoying so many benefits of breastfeeding, it’s actually quite amazing!”  If you and your baby will do better in a quiet space away from onlookers, excuse yourself and take refuge away from anyone’s sour attitude.  If your loved ones want to feed the baby a bottle and that is not part of your feeding routine, politely explain that you’re not introducing bottles yet and you’d welcome them to burp, change or rock the baby after you’re done feeding.

We hope you find bliss in breastfeeding during the holidays!  Have a happy, healthy, breastfeeding holiday!