Christmas is just over a week away, the Christmas party invites have already been coming in, and you’re feeling all the excitement of getting to see all your loved ones this holiday season. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you definitely don’t need to let nursing get in the way of all this holiday fun! Read on to find out how you can keep breastfeeding stress-free during your Christmas celebrations!
Although breastfeeding is never something you should be ashamed of, having to do it in front of so many people (even if they’re just your friends and family) can make both you and your baby a little nervous. So make sure to bring your nursing cover or a bottle of milk you’ve pumped beforehand so that you can feed your baby and still be around the party. You can even try asking your host about another room you can step into where you can nurse more privately if needed.
Introducing your new baby to your loved ones can be so exciting! But when everyone is taking turns to hold them, you and your little one are bound to get stressed and overwhelmed. Keeping an eye out for your baby’s mood and hungry signs will help you know when you can swoop in before they get fussy. And carrying your baby in a wrap or a sling will also keep them calm and close to you.
At Christmas parties, a comment or two about how you “should be” parenting or breastfeeding may pop up. In moments like this, it’s important to remember that what really matters is that you now what’s actually best for your baby. Your could even use whatever research you’ve done or mention your doctor’s advice to help your relatives learn more about breastfeeding. It’ll also help to have a buddy at the party (like your husband or a close friend) to back you up.
Being around so many new faces and places can be overwhelming for your little one. So don’t be surprised if they get fussy and want to nurse more often for comfort. When feeding your baby, make sure to hold them close to get them to calm down. You can also let them fall asleep while you’re nursing so that you can put them down and head back to the party.
In the same way that new people and a new environment can stress your baby out, they can also distract your baby and make them forget that they’re hungry. So if you notice your baby hasn’t been asking to feed in a while, you can always step into another room that is less busy to get your baby calm enough to feed.
Your family and friends will always mean well when they try to get some time in with your baby. But if you spot a tita or cousin trying to feed your baby something they’re just not ready for, make sure to calmly explain whether or not you’re giving your baby solid foods. This is also something you can do when you arrive to avoid mix ups later on. You can even suggest other things your relatives can do aside from feeding your baby, like changing diapers or going for a walk.
And if all else fails, you have the perfect little excuse nestled in your arms! If you need a little break from all the holiday madness, use your baby as a reason to step aside or even to go home a little early. It’ll do both you and your little one a lot of good to have your moments of peace and quiet together even amid all the celebrations.
Happy Holidays, mom!
- Pelly, Julia. “6 Tips for Holiday Breastfeeding with Your Nursing Baby.” EverydayFamily.
- Rodriguez, Star, IBCLC. “Surviving Holiday Breastfeeding.” The Leaky Boob.
- Rubin, Ellen, IBCLC. “Breastfeeding During the Holidays.” Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh.