This week we are talking about Holiday Survival on the Breastfeeding Blog Hop. Follow Life With Levi, Diary of a Devil Dog Wife and myself as we cover every topic imaginable pertaining to breastfeeding. Be sure to link up your own post and give some comment love!
Looking back I still cringe at our first Christmas with the twins. They were about 6 weeks old, still struggling with breastfeeding, still supplementing, I was pumping. They were also the first grandchildren on either side and there was a lot of pressure to fit our circus of a life into whatever happened to be going on because everyone wanted to see the boys.
Because I worked in retail we had planned to have our kids around Christmas so that I could be off to enjoy the holiday (for once!). In actuality it was probably the least enjoyable holiday I’ve ever lived through.
I was stressed. They were thrown off their schedule again and again and we had a really hard time recovering. Feelings were hurt when I put my foot down.
My one takeaway from that Christmas was this: Never plan to have a child born around the holidays!
Last year with Judah it was a bit different. At 4 months old he was plenty established with breastfeeding and I had no qualms about nursing when I needed to and putting my foot down on messing with his schedule*. We also had the added benefit (heh) of our twins being diagnosed with autism the week before so no one was going to do or say anything to step on my toes!
I think the biggest thing for me is making sure that if you have a fairly rigid schedule- you stick to it. Some babies deal with changes in routine better than others and that is great, but if you know a deviation (be it a nap or nursing or who does the feeding) is going to affect you- put your foot down.
What’s your best holiday survival tip?
*If you call nursing every 60 to 90 minutes a schedule!
** Please don’t misconstrue this into thinking I’m telling you to put your baby on a schedule1 Maybe “routine” is a better word. Don’t get caught up in the holiday magic and start going longer between feeds because so and so from out of town is holding your baby and is perfectly fine with him rooting around and trying to nurse through her shirt. Same with shopping and parties- make sure baby comes first!