Gift-shopping hacksSome people look forward to shopping and choosing gifts. It can be nice to get out to the mall to see the decorations. Who can resist getting baby’s first photo with Santa? However, some sleep-deprived mamas may want to take a pass on it this year. The good news is that there are many ways to get it all done and keep your sanity too.
- Take advantage of online shopping. You can do it while you breastfeed at any time of day. You have an endless selection. If the recipient lives out of town, you can have the gift shipped directly to them. Most retailers even offer gift-wrapping!
- Buy gift cards. Everyone loves a gift card. You can order them online or buy them at the grocery store. You can get a variety or just choose a store that will work for everyone.
- When you do venture out in public, take hand-sanitizer. Those malls and grocery stores are cold, and flu Petri dishes.
- Go to places where you know there will be a comfortable place to breastfeed. Pick the mall with comfy couches and chairs.
- Take healthy snacks and a bottle of water. Fast food courts are not known for their healthy options.
Holiday Dinner TipsI discourage moms from hosting major meals if they have a baby under the age of six months. If you are expected to bring a dish to dinners and parties, take advantage of the many prepared foods and baked goods at your favorite grocery store. If you absolutely feel compelled to be the hostess with the mostest, then consider ordering a fully prepared meal. All you have to do is heat it up. Another easy option is a pre-cut baked ham that only requires you to put it on a platter. Assign side dishes to your guests. Order meals and groceries online and either take advantage of delivery services or the option of having your order brought to your car.
Maintaining You Milk Supply During the HolidaysBetween milk-busting foods and missed feedings or pumpings, the holidays can wreak havoc with your milk supply.
- Avoid all the yummy peppermint treats that are popular this time of year. Peppermint is known to decrease milk supply.
- Two other common holiday foods that can result is lowered milk production are sage and parsley. The amounts in most stuffing recipes are probably not going to have an effect if you just have one serving of stuffing. But if you are the type who has a little turkey with your stuffing, you might want to dial it back a little when you are a nursing mama.
- Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.
- Always start your day with a nutrient-dense smoothie with a high-quality protein powder like Milk Dust.