It's tempting to stretch out the times between nursings or skip one altogether if your little one doesn't protest. You may gain a bit more time but lose some of your milk supply.
When our days are full, it's even more important to take the time to slow down and meet our little one's needs. They are easily satisfied with the closeness of nursing and--bonus!--you get some minutes of rest.
Maybe even scoot in a few extra nursings. All the changes and new people the season brings can be challenging for little ones. Nursing is more than food, it's a great comfort. Your little one will stay healthier too. The gift of your milk won't diminish a drop--a steady supply of goodness, the most valuable gift of the season for your little one.
An excerpt from Breastfeeding Today's December 2012 issue:
"With all these activities going on, you may find you are starting to delay feeding your baby, relying on a baby swing to distract him, perhaps using a baby sitter more frequently and bottle-feeding your pumped milk. As a consequence, your milk supply decreases and your baby may even go on a nursing strike! And you may mistakenly think she must be ready to wean.
If your family lives out of town, you may need to travel far away for a holiday. It is important to have a plan how you and baby will have sufficient time to continue your nursing relationship. Schedule plenty of nursing stops. In advance, scope out spots en route where the nursing couple can stop and breastfeed safely. While holiday traditions are special, most happen every year, and the prudent mother knows that her baby’s nursing season only occurs once in a lifetime and makes every effort to maintain it."
When you scope out a place to breastfeed, look for an establishment like Grow, Learn, Discover in Dubuque, IA which offers 2 Mother's Rooms!
The owner says, "We are a baby and children's store selling all new items - including but not limited to breastfeeding supplies, baby gear (strollers, bottles, car seats, swings, etc), toys and clothes. With that said, we knew that we'd be having many mothers come in with infants and small children. With our infant being breastfed as well, we know and understand the importance of having a clean, comfortable place to be able to nurse. We're glad that we can offer such a place to our Moms." We've posted a photo of their store below, as well as a chair they've placed in one of their two Mother's Rooms. A mother would certainly welcome a comfortable spot to nurse her little one and/or pump while out and about!
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