Navigating Hectic Holidays: Breastfeeding and Pumping Tips for Modern Moms
It can be super challenging breastfeeding outside of your normal schedule. The holiday season can be a whirlwind of joy, family, and festive chaos. However, for moms juggling the demands of breastfeeding or pumping, the season can add a layer of complexity. As a three-time breastfeeding mom, I’ve got your back with some tips to help you make breastfeeding and pumping during the holidays a breeze.
Breastfeeding Clothing for the Holidays
Let’s face it – wrestling with regular clothes while nursing or pumping is not the holiday miracle we're hoping for. I have the perfect solution: MLM brand dresses. Stylish, comfortable, and designed with breastfeeding in mind, these dresses are a game-changer for holiday gatherings and beyond! Styled with the Davin & Adley maternity, nursing, and pumping bras, you've got a winning combo. The Davin & Adley collection offers support, style, and comfort. They’re also super versatile, so you can layer them under any outfit without compromising on style.
Tip: Consider investing in different styles of nursing or pumping bras for various occasions. From lacy bralettes to structured camis, having a variety of styles ensures you don’t have to limit your style to the bra you’re wearing.
How to Breastfeed in Public
Holiday parties and public gatherings can be overwhelming for little ones, and distractions are everywhere. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to take a break. Escape to a quiet corner or a designated room where you can create a more familiar environment. Plus, it's not just for your baby's benefit; having a calm space for yourself while pumping can make a world of difference. Your environment and mindset have a huge impact on your pumping session. Try to find a place that you can get comfy and relax as much as you can before rejoining the festivities. Sometimes, all you need is a moment of tranquility amidst the holiday hustle.
Tip: Talk to your host in advance about your need for a quiet space. Most people understand and will be more than happy to accommodate.
Using Wearable Pumps and Collection Cups
Say bye-bye to the days of dragging around and being tethered to a loud, clunky pump. Wearable breast pumps and collection cups are some of my favorite additions to the breastfeeding and pumping world. They can discreetly fit into your bra, and allow you to pump on the go without missing a beat. Whether you're sipping cocoa or engaging in a lively game of charades, wearable pumps or collection cups will keep you from being tied to a wall outlet. Some of my favorite wearable pumps include: Elvie, Willow, Lansinoh, and Momcozy. I also love the Zomee and Legendairy Milk collection cups.
I can’t mention pumping on the go without talking about the Ceres Chill Milk Chiller. It does a fantastic job at keeping milk cold without having to use a refrigerator. It’s compact, efficient, and it's the perfect companion for a busy holiday outing where you don’t want to be putting your breastmilk in another family's refrigerator.
Tip: Remember to charge your wearable pump before heading out or during your car ride with a USB connector, so you don’t have to worry about cords and charging at your destination.
Stick to your schedule when breastfeeding or pumping
In the midst of holiday chaos, you can easily be thrown out of your routine. But here's the thing – babies thrive on routine. If sticking to your breastfeeding or pumping schedule is what feels right for you and baby, don't hesitate. It's okay to gracefully decline a party invitation, arrive late after a baby’s nap or sneak away for a quiet feeding session. Your breastfeeding journey is a priority, and a content, well-fed baby makes for a happier holiday for everyone.
Tip: Communicate your schedule to close family and friends, so they understand and can support your need for a little routine during the holiday madness.
This holiday season, don't let the demands of breastfeeding or pumping dampen your festive spirit. With a bit of planning and the right tools, you can navigate the holidays while giving your breastfed baby exactly what they need. From comfortable clothing to quiet corners and wearable pumps, these tips will help you jingle all the way through the season without frustration.Your breastfeeding or pumping journey is a celebration in itself. Cheers to happy and healthy holidays for you and your little one!