I love breastfeeding. Since you are reading this post on The Boob Group, I suppose that doesn’t come as a surprise. I am not super strict about starting solids at a certain date. I watch my baby for any sign or indication that it is time to begin solid food. With my daughter, she wasn’t quite 6 months. It lasted a few weeks, then we went back to breastfeeding only, then back to food.
With my son, it will be no different. He is 5 1/2 months old. He is exclusively breastfed. He is happy. Over Thanksgiving, my cousin was holding him while we ate. I look over and she is giving him mashed potatoes on her finger. Anybody want to guess how upset I was? I will be the one to give him his first foods, or maybe his dad. Not somebody else. That event got me thinking, how can I prevent that sort of thing from happening over Christmas? And not just how do I keep others from feeding my little man, but how can we, as mothers prevent accidental weaning over the busy Christmas holiday. Here are some tips for preventing accidental weaning.
- When family members offer to feed the baby, simply tell them, “I am breastfeeding and we enjoy this time.”
- Use a sling or wrap to keep baby close to encourage nursing as often as necessary.
- Try to work around nap times, or other times when baby is sleeping so you can be available when baby needs to nurse.
- Wear clothing that makes it easy for baby to nurse.
- Avoid long car or plane rides if possible. If you have to, be sure to take plenty of nursing breaks.
- Keep outings short or be prepared to take nursing breaks.
- If you have my family, keep baby on your lap or in a wrap or sling during meal times if people don’t respect your wish not to give baby food. (Don’t get me wrong, my family is supportive of my breastfeeding, just apparently not of my choice to not give my chunky monkey solid food yet).
- If you are offering a bottle and you want to allow somebody else to feed baby, be sure to take that time out to pump.
- If baby is like my Charlie man, he is easily distracted so we need to use a nursing cover or leave the room. This will most likely be our biggest challenge for not weaning. If he is overstimulated, he nurses and pops off repeatedly.
Luckily, Charlie doesn’t take a bottle, so I don’t have to worry about a repeat of when my daughter was an infant. 3 months old, over New Year’s, I am already struggling with my supply for her. My sister is holding her and I am in the next room playing cards. I find out when I walk over to check on her that they gave her the little bit of a bottle of breastmilk I had in the refrigerator to give her at bedtime. Gah! This mama flipped out!
I wish you all the best Christmas season and happy breastfeeding!
What are your tips on preventing accidental weaning over the holidays? Have any of you experienced this before?