The holidays can be stressful. There are a lot of holiday events and parties to go to. And, bonus, it’s easy to bring a little breastfed baby to all the parties! But it can also be tricky to navigate the where/why/how of breastfeeding at large gatherings. Here are a few tips to make it easier!
Ask the host if there’s a separate room you can nurse in. Sometimes, Christmas parties can be very very crowded, and there’s not always a comfortable spot available to sit to nurse. When my daughter was a newborn, I would take the opportunity to slip away to a back bedroom and nurse there. It was quiet, usually cooler than the other room, and sometimes there was a tv there. While I don’t normally like to leave the room to go breastfeed, in this case it was nice to have a little break from all the merry-making. Also, if you have an older baby who might get distracted by all the people, this is a great way to feed them quickly and away from the distractions.
- Bring your own water bottle. If you have your own access to water whenever, it makes it easier on yourself and on the host. You never know what might be served, and you could partake in it as well, but it’s nice to have your own source of water.
- Use a cover. Sometimes if there are a lot of people present, it feels more comfortable to use a cover of some kind. But this is ONLY if it makes YOU feel more comfortable. If you’re more comfortable nursing uncovered, don’t feel like you have to use a cover if you don’t want to.
- Relax. It’s a party! Don’t worry too much about nursing, you know what’s best for your baby and the way things need to be to comfortably nurse. Do what suits you best.
- Use a code word for when it’s time to politely go home. Don’t feel like you need to stay at the party the whole time. Leave as early as you feel comfortable with! And if you don’t want to straight up say “ok, we’re leaving”, create a code word to use with your partner to give them time to say their goodbyes and then go snuggle your baby on your own couch.
written by blog contributor// Alysa Friesen