Nursing during the holiday season can bring unique challenges. With family gatherings, holiday
parties, church services, and more, many moms find themselves having to nurse
around more people than usual at this time of year. Here are some tips to make
this special time of the year smoother and more enjoyable for you and your
1. Dress for nursing ease. Wearing
clothing that allows you to nurse discreetly is even
more important this time of year, when you are more
likely to be nursing in the company of family and friends.
You will feel more relaxed and at ease nursing around
others when you can do so discreetly and without having to
fiddle too much with your clothing.
2. Nurse where you are most comfortable. If
you are at a busy gathering, and are comfortable nursing in the
middle of the action, then go for it. If, however, you are
more comfortable with some privacy, find a quiet corner and
create a private space for you and your baby by angling your
chair away from the crowd, looking down towards your nursling
and not around the room scanning the crowd. If you prefer
maximum privacy, excuse yourself to a different room where you
can have complete privacy. Bottom line - do what is most
comfortable for YOU and your nursling.
3. Be proud of your decision to breastfeed. Well-meaning
family members and friends sometimes offer their own opinions
about how you should feed your baby or toddler. Remember
that you are offering the BEST food for your baby by
nursing her. Be proud and confident in your decision to
4. When you look great you feel great. Buying
a couple new outfits can be a huge boost to a nursing mom's
confidence. Look great and you will feel terriffic!
So treat yourself to some special clothes for the holiday
season...and enjoy all the compliments you will get!
5. Get some rest. During
this busy time of year make sure that you are still getting
plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, and eating
well-balanced meals. This will keep you healthy and ensure
that you are able to maintain a strong milk supply.
6. Prepare for travel. If
you will be travelling by airplane for the Holidays, make sure
to wear a comfortable nursing top since you
may be nursing right next to a stranger on the flight.
Be sure to nurse during both takeoff and landing, to
minimize the ear pressure discomfort on your nursling.
7. Fill out your Wish List. Add
items to your Expressiva Wish List and let your husband,
family and friends know about your selections. This eliminates the guesswork for your family and
friends, and gives you a chance to get some beautiful
8. Minimize your laundry. Purchase
an extra nursing bra or two, and some extra
cotton nursing tops so that you can get away with
doing laundry less often during this busy time of year.
9. Nursing nightwear can simplify things. If
you are expecting houseguests to stay over, make sure you have a
couple pieces of nursing loungewear to hang around
in during the late evenings and early mornings. You will
feel more comfortable having loungewear that enables you to
nurse discreetly around your guests.
10. Enjoy your blessings. A
new baby, child, or any nursling is a tremendous blessing.
Take time out from the busy Holiday Season to enjoy
and appreciate your blessings!