No Thanks, Aunt Marge
As the holidays are quickly approaching, you likely have family gatherings coming up! This can be a daunting task, especially with a new baby that all of your extended family will want to fawn over. Here are a few quick tips on how to survive with your breastfed baby at your upcoming family dinners:
1. Prepare. You know your family better than anyone, so you likely know what to expect. If your family tends to be super supportive and amazing, then just prepare to have a great time! However, if your family leaves a little to be desired, then just prepare. Mentally, have some facts or comebacks for when your Aunt Marge tells you that adding cereal to your 2 month old's bottle will make her sleep all night. "No thanks, Aunt Marge. We breastfeed to sleep, and feed throughout the night on demand."
2. Stick to your guns. If you don't want to pump milk just so your grandma can feed your baby, then don't. You know what is best for your baby, and that is more important than worrying about offending a family member.
3. Plan an escape. If your sister-in-law is just being a complete tool, just plan your escape. Feel free to use your tiny beautiful human as an excuse! "Sorry Jen, the baby needs some quiet space to nurse to sleep now. We'll see you in the morning!".
Hopefully your family is amazing, but if not - I hope these quick tips help you keep your sanity!
Love & Breast Milk
Julie Burrell is a thirty something mom of 2, wine lover and avid breastfeeding supporter. She accidentally invented the best hands-free pumping option on the market while pumping for her (then) 6 month old. Simply clip on to your nursing bra and pump hands-free! Grab yours here.