5 Ways to Keep Your Milk Supply Strong During the Holidays
The end of the year can be a stressful time for many of us. Family visits, holiday shopping and travel are all factors that can lead to stress, which can ultimately affect your milk supply. We know first-hand how priorities can get a little out of whack whilst trying to deck the halls and often we forget to take necessary steps that ensure healthy milk supply. Keeping your supply strong can be very hard when you’re on the road or are trying to be present with family, so we rounded up five ways to help keep your milk flowing throughout the holidays.
- Stay Hydrated - When we are busy, it’s hard for anyone to remember to drink enough water and nursing mothers need more hydration to replenish what is lost through their milk. To stay hydrated, keep a bottle of water with you at all times and make sure you actually drink it.
- Eat and Drink Galactagogues - If you are jet setting this holiday season, you’re most likely missing a meal or settling for a snack that may or may not come out of a vending machine. Long travel days are notorious for throwing off nutrition schedules so if you know you’re going to be subjected to airport food, bring your milk-boosting snacks and tea with you. Our lactation tea is the perfect companion for a holiday layover and our bars are a fan favorite. Bring one for the entire family, because everyone can benefit from a nutrition-packed snack.
- Keep Nursing - Some mamas don’t have holiday environments that lend themselves to nursing their little ones. If you’re staying with family that prefers yourleave the room to breastfeed, make sure you’ve got a designated safe zone so you can keep nursing while you visit. Also, be prepared with travel coverage if you’re not comfortable nursing in public. Try not to skip any nursing sessions while you’re away and always bring your travel pump if you’ve got one.
- Keep Calm - Stress can affect your supply so if you feel anxiety coming on, take a deep breath, a short walk, or nurse your baby. Oxytocin, a hormone released into your bloodstream when you nurse, can have a calming effect, so nursing might be the perfect remedy to mellow you out which will keep your supply strong.
- Get Rest and Hydrate Before Bed - Nursing takes a lot out of your body, so it’s very important to make sure you get enough sleep. Don’t be afraid to hit the hay a little early or say no to an engagement if you think your body needs it. Try to have water or tea before bed which will keep you hydrated. Our Blueberry Pomegranate and Chai Spice lactation teas are caffeine-free so if having a cup of tea is your idea of a relaxing afternoon, you can drink freely before bed without any worry of being kept awake.
Is there anything we missed? Tell us any secrets to your holiday nursing success in the comments below.