We often hear tales of how a baby will “sleep through the night” and the mothers of the babies who wake frequently often wonder what they could be doing wrong. The truth is, they are doing nothing wrong and their baby is doing exactly what they are supposed to! The Grubby Mummy Blog recently published this article about “Ten little known facts about your baby’s sleep.” She talks about how it is biologically normal for a baby to wake frequently throughout the night, want to nurse to sleep and prefer to sleep close to their parents. Click the link above to read more!
Vicky Greene, a first year bioscience student at South Devon College in Paignton, England used samples of breast milk from a mom of a 15-month old and a 3 year old and added the bacteria M. Luteus. You can see from the photo that in the center, where the breastmilk was placed, the bacteria is completely gone, destroyed by the breastmilk!
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?”