Thanksgiving and Christmas are a busy time for families. Having a newborn makes it even more hectic. Mom needs time to stay home and recover but that can be difficult during the holidays. Making the rounds to the relatives can expose baby to cold and flu germs. Here are some suggestions to help you get through the holidays.
If you have a premature infant, the best advice is to keep baby at home and limit visitors to close, healthy family members. Even though a baby is breastfed, a full term baby can still catch viruses and become ill. Babies exposed to RSV, a respiratory virus, can become extremely ill and may even need hospitalization. Limiting exposure to other adults and children is the best way to keep your baby healthy.
A good way to keep baby close to you and shield baby from other people and germs is to wear your baby. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies has Moby Wraps and Sling E Zee baby carriers. When you are wearing your baby, no one touches your baby without your permission.
Older babies and toddlers will benefit in keeping their normal routines as much as possible. Getting in their regular naps and bedtime will help them enjoy all the holidays. Another option is to have one parent stay home with the baby while the other joins in on the family activities.
When traveling by car, little ones will benefit from breaks every hour or two. Get them out of their car seat and take them for a little walk. Try to travel during their nap and bedtimes so they will spend most of the time in the car sleeping. You can schedule breaks for nursing or you can pump in the car. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies has the adapters to plug into your car lighter for all of Medela’s double electric pumps including the hospital grade Symphony.
If you’re traveling by plane, it will be very helpful to nurse baby when the plane is ascending and descending and you can feel the change in air pressure against your ears. Breastfeeding or sucking on a pacifier will help to keep their ears more comfortable.
When out and about or just sitting around with the relatives, you may want more privacy while you’re breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies has Bebe Au Lait and Hooter Hiders nursing covers. Both styles have rigid necklines so you can look down at baby but still shields the two of you from unwanted attention.
Everybody wants to see the new baby during holiday get togethers. It can be helpful to have dad or your partner set guidelines with the relatives letting them know when to visit in order to ensure mom gets time for her naps. Moms are more susceptible to illness if they are sleep deprived and not eating well. Keeping visits and outings to a minimum during the holidays will help everybody recover from the birth experience faster and stay healthy.
Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to call or email me anytime with your concerns. I am here to assist you in any way I can.