The holidays are here and that means as mothers we all tend to overexert ourselves.
Cooking, getting kids (and partners) dressed and ready, travel, visiting family and keeping a positive attitude through it all is a feat for ANY mom. Add breastfeeding a baby into the mix and you'll have a whole new level of challenges. Or, will you? Is it possible to maintain your sanity, your nursing relationship AND protect your milk supply? YES!
Here is a list of reminders to help you through:
o Use the baby as an excuse to get some down time. Seek out a quiet place to nurse. Lots of chatter and activity can distract baby and lead to poor milk transfer. Quiet, dim lighting, skin to skin makes for a happy and regulated baby AND Mama.
o Nursing toddlers need time to reset, too! They will be around lots of unfamiliar people and may ask to breastfeed more often than usual. This is their way of resetting, asking for comfort and reconnecting with you. Use naptime to your advantage! Rest with your little one(s). Your body is working hard to nourish them!
Speaking of lots of family... GERMS. Oh, the germs! Fear not Milky Mama-- you have a super power to keep your baby healthy. How do you unlock this superpower? KISS & NURSE YOUR BABY OFTEN. No, really! By being exposed to the same crud in your shared environment your body is producing antibodies that will transfer to your baby through your milk. Wait, it gets better. When your baby is at the breast their backwash also tells your body what antibodies they need to stay well. Cool, huh?
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"I've heard of that (book, idea, whatever) but this is working well for us."
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Want more? Kellymom has a great resource here.