The holidays are here, and they can be stressful for you and your baby, especially if you're nursing.
You may be dealing with:
- Your baby sleeping less at night due to a change in your routine.
- Loved ones wanting to bottle feed your baby.
- Worrying about how and when you’ll breastfeed your baby.
Stress can reduce your milk supply so it’s important to take care of yourself during this time. Here are some tips to support you and your baby during this wonderful (and stressful) time of the year.
Feel free to drink but remember that you need to wait for your body to metabolize the alcohol before breastfeeding, about 2 hours for each drink consumed.
Don’t eat foods that can decrease your supply, such as sage, peppermint, and parsley, which may be found in holiday cuisine.
Get some private moments with just you and your baby and really focus on being present to the experience of nursing. Being present with your baby can help calm you down and relax you.
But also don't feel like you need to nurse privately! Communicate with your family or friends about your nursing expectations before each event. It's important that you have time to breastfeed, especially if you're also hosting an event, so don't be afraid to ask for help.
Eat oatmeal cookies. You’re burning a lot of calories, so it's important to get the nutrition you and your baby need. Oatmeal, cinnamon, and ginger support your milk supply and nutrition. Drink plenty of water as well, as dehydration can lead to headaches and less milk.
Take time for yourself. Take a bath, drink some tea, and feel free to say no to holiday obligations that don't serve you or your baby.