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Thursday, 24 October 2019 Posted under Breast Feeding

5 Tips for Breastfeeding mothers during Diwali

5 Tips for Breastfeeding mothers during Diwali

Diwali is the festival of lights, laughter, drinks and cards. Therefore it is also the season of all nighters, hangovers, binge eating and irregular sleep. New moms may find it exceedingly hard to cope with the strain of a new baby along with all the social ado at this time, specially breastfeeding moms. So what's the solution? Should a breastfeeding mom completely cut herself out of the festive shenanigans? Should she prioritize social appearances at this time at the cost of neglecting her baby? How can she achieve the perfect balance? Listed below are 5 tips which a breastfeeding mom can adopt at this time in order to make the most of the festivities without neglecting her child in any way.

1) Don't feel guilty about having fun. Moms are human too and it's okay to want a break once in a while so don't beat yourself down over it. A happy mom leads to a happy baby, therefore it's important for all moms to take out some 'me' time for themselves. If you feel like stepping out for a bit, it's okay to leave your baby home with a responsible person and to go out and enjoy the night. Just keep your phone on you and leave appropriate instructions at home.

2) Plan in advance. If you know you have plans in the night, then plan your day out in a manner where there is less stress at night. It's always better to be organized to avoid any kind of confusion later. If you have a night maid, leave behind appropriate instructions. Store the night feeds in advance and tell the concerned person about how to feed etc. Keep your phone handy in case they need to get in touch with you when you are not physically available. Leave behind an additional emergency contact.

3) Have a pumping schedule in the day. If you will be away from your baby for several hours at a stretch, it is better to pump and store a little extra milk, just in case of any delay. Ideally,pump every few hours in the day in order to maintain supply and to have enough milk when you are away. Be sure to carry your pump when you are out, in order to avoid engorgement issues and also to maintain supply. You can store this milk in a cooling bag with blue ice as well.

4) Take care of your eating habits.  Just because you are out, it gives you no excuse to deviate from your food timings. You must stick to your schedule even if it requires you to eat and then go out. Please eat healthy as far as possible. Eat fresh home cooked meals. Giving into a little bit of temptation is fine, but on the whole a breastfeeding mother must stick to a nutritious diet consisting primarily of home cooked meals.

5) Make up your sleep. Fatigue and stress affect breastfeeding adversely. Therefore if you are having a late night, make up your sleep by taking naps during the day. Nap when the baby naps. It helps you feel connected as well.