The holidays are a busy time and we can often get so caught up with everything we want to accomplish that we don’t realize we are postponing or skipping a nursing session. You may want to think about one or two things that are really important for you to do during the holiday season. Maybe you have a favorite tradition or a cookie recipe that you make every year. Pick what is realistic for you to do and what you can really enjoy. Your baby (or babies) will only be this little once so try to cherish and enjoy it!
- Have a family member or friend watch your baby in your home so that you can bake, wrap presents, etc but still nurse as needed since your baby is close by.
- Wear your baby in a sling or carrier to keep them close while you shop.
- Bring your baby to special events instead of leaving them at home.
- If you are traveling, plan in advance how many times you think you will need to stop and try to give yourself plenty of time so you are not stressed.
In The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, cluster feeding
“means a clock is pretty useless in a normal breastfeeding relationship. The clock is valuable for keeping track of a sleepy baby to make sure she’s eating often enough. But beyond that, young babies’ needs are variable, unpredictable, and often clustered into a series of meals and a longer stretch. Evening especially is often a time of “nursing marathons.” when nothing but another time at the breast seems to work.”
…”What about the clever bracelet or iPhone app to remind you which side you nursed on last? Your breasts are probably a better guide – you’ll sometimes see a nursing mother privately hefting first one breast and then the other before choosing a side.” (pg 108)
Wondering how to store your breastmilk but confused when you find different guidelines? Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA shares why guidelines differ and offers and information on how long milk is good for depending on how it is stored, thawed and varying temperatures in “Why Do Milk Storage Guidelines Differ?”
Read more here on KellyMom: Vitamin D and Breastfeeding: An interview with Bruce Hollis, PhD
This article by Ed Yong is an edited excerpt from his new book “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life,” which will be published on August 9th. It is a fascinating look at how breastmilk helps babies obtain their unique gut health. Below is an illustration showing how breastfed babies have different microbes than formula-fed babies.
From The New Yorker: “BREAST-FEEDING THE MICROBIOME“