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Avoiding Holiday Booby Traps

English: Breastfeeding the baby.

English: Breastfeeding the baby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to all who came to our meeting on holiday weaning syndrome today.¬† I hope that you found it useful ūüôā

I said I would collect together the¬†ideas we came up with for ways to avoid seasonal booby traps so here it is … (please feel free to add more ideas in the comments below))

  • Agree beforehand with friends and family members to limit gift giving. This helps¬†cut down time spent¬†shopping¬†and saves money too!
  • Use the internet to shop (which can be done while feeding) rather than trekking around the high street.
  • If you decorate your house ask friends to help instead of doing it all yourself.¬† You can direct operations from your chair (NB. doesn’t work as well with family members if you are feeding a toddler unfortunately ūüėÄ ).
  • Take shorter shopping trips and bring along your baby.
  • Feeling¬†nervous about nursing in public is very common in the early weeks.¬† To avoid this you could feed your baby just before you leave home, in the car, or in feeding rooms.¬†¬†Places we have tried and found good are¬†John Lewis, St. David’s parent and child restrooms – or the cosy bench area outside, and Mothercare (Newport¬†Road the best) in Cardiff.¬† Most cafes/ restaurants have suitable areas¬†too.¬† In Newport, Barefoot Ceramics, which is run by a breastfeeding counsellor, is happy¬†for mums to stop by and use the facility for feeding.¬†¬†Ikea and Caerphilly Leisure Centre are also breastfeeding friendly¬†.¬† *in 2013 Full Circle will be running a breastfeeding welcome campaign to get more local businesses to be openly supportive of breastfeeding mums by displaying signs and stickers. Watch this space!!
  • To avoid booby traps due to works dos and parties ask if you can take your baby along.¬†Hosts are usually referring to older children who can get into trouble underfoot when they say “Adults only.” To make things easier while at a party, wearing your baby in a¬†sling or wrap makes it easy to nurse discreetly.¬† (For more on slings and to try/ hire you can use our local NCT sling library)
  • Baby-wearing in a sling/ carrier is also useful¬†when you have guests as it means you can more easily limit the “pass-the-baby” effect.
  • To ease the problem of people offering to “help” you by feeding the baby, keep a¬†running list of¬†jobs somewhere, you can point to it whenever¬†somebody offers to help and stops you feeling like you are asking for too much.
  • If you are hosting a get-together ask¬†guests to bring food contributions instead of making all the meals yourself.
  • Think about the clothing you choose¬†when shopping or socialising, if you have clothes you feel you can feed in discreetly you will probably feel more comfortable and confident about nursing.¬† There’s no need to buy special clothes, many items can work for breastfeeding.¬† Milk Chic is a good site for ideas.
  • It’s important to protect your milk supply by feeding and/or expressing often in the early weeks and all of the above are basically just practical suggestions to ensure you don’t have too large gaps between nursing sessions (which is the common issue which leads to holiday weaning).¬† A great suggestion we had at group today is to set an alarm on your phone at appropriate intervals to remind you to feed your baby.¬† If you do have to miss a feed this could serve as a reminder to express too.

There are more great resources in our group library and on the web here…

How to Avert Nursing Strikes during Special Occasions

My Baby Has Weaned before I Was Ready! Help!

How Can I Increase My Milk Supply?

Milk Supply Issues

My Baby Is Suddenly Refusing to Nurse. Does That Mean It’s Time to Wean?

Happy holiday breastfeeding!!

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National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2012

Breastfeeding symbol

Every year in the UK we have National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, generally held in the last week of June (this year it is 24th-30th).  The government withdrew funding for this event a couple of years ago but many breastfeeding support groups and other public health and breastfeeding organisations still put on events.  The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers have a page where people can post things that are happening in their local area.

Full Circle Breastfeeding Support are collaborating with Latch On and other¬†mum-to-mum support¬†groups in the South Wales area to create breastfeeding walls of love featuring contributions from people who love breastfeeding and their reason/s why.¬† These displays are then going to be taken around prominent venues in the local community raising awareness and spreading the love.¬† We think it’s a lovely idea but to make it really effective we want as many contributions as possible.

All you have to do to take part is complete this sentence “I ‚̧ (I mean heart but I can’t do it properly on here sorry) breastfeeding … “

We have already received some gorgeous ones including one from a dad of a breastfed baby who wasn’t keen on breastfeeding at first and one from a mum whose premature baby was seriously ill and donated breastmilk saved his life.¬† We have also had pictures and other innovative responses.¬† Please feel free to be as creative or as straight-to-the point as you like.¬† All submissions will be gratefully received.

I will post photographs of the walls of love during BAW.

All you need to do it post your responses in the comments section below or via twitter @patchwork_mama.

Thank you!!!!!!!

* ALSO for all of you breastfeeding lovers in the South Wales area (or further afield if you fancy a road trip) there is going to be a breastfeeding morning picnic and mass feed (babies permitting) in RoathPark, Cardiff (by the rose garden or in the cafe if it rains) at 10am on Sunday 24th of June.  Look for the Full Circle and Latch On banners (and hopefully the hoardes of people). The walls of love will be on display too and you can add to them in person.  It would be great to get as many people as possible there so feel free to spread the word.