While we may be entering the “most wonderful time of the year,” for breastfeeding moms, it can mean additional obstacles to time with their babies. Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy would like to cover some of the common issues moms face during the holiday season, and what you can do to overcome it:
- Your baby is suddenly hungry all the time.
During the holidays, it’s not uncommon to expose your baby to new people. From parties to visiting relatives, your little one is going to see a lot of unfamiliar faces. This can be overstimulating for them, and upset babies take comfort from breastfeeding. One trick to overcome this is to allow your little one to fall asleep while they’re nursing. After 10-15 minutes, they should be in a deep enough of a sleep that you can place them in a quiet place to nap while you enjoy the holiday festivities.
- Your baby is breastfeeding less.
This is what’s known as accidental weaning—when you’re so busy with holiday activities that your baby is being bottle-fed more and more until they’re eventually used to it and prefer the bottle over breast. A few ways to overcome this is to take shorter shopping trips, host pot-luck style gatherings to cut back on your own cooking, ask for help from relatives and take your baby to parties with you.
- You’re worried about breastfeeding in front of others.
If your baby was born in the last few months, chances are this is the first time you’ll be breastfeeding around a lot of people. It’s understandable that you would be nervous. One way to overcome this is to practice breastfeeding in front of a mirror. Chances are, you’re exposing yourself less than you realize. Special breastfeeding shirts and camis can help you reveal less than regular tops. You can also use a cover, or request that your host allows you to have a private room where you can breastfeed in private.
At Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy, we want you to be able to enjoy the holidays to their fullest, without having to deal with some of the additional issues that can pop up while breastfeeding. If you have any questions on how to use your breast pump equipment, don’t hesitate to contact us. We also carry additional breastfeeding supplies in our online catalog.