Mama Monday- Nursing at Holiday Gatherings

Over this past weekend I went to a holiday party with my husband, our little girl and lots of friends (old and new). While at the party, a new Mommy arrived with her little one in tow, and after what I assumed had been a long car trip, she immediately stepped into the restroom to nurse.

This made me think back to the days when I was nursing– my girl was born the week of Thanksgiving, so those first weeks were filled with visits from family which then ran right into holiday gatherings. I spent much of these visits and gatherings nursing my little one either in the back bedroom at our place or in a friend or family member’s restroom, and not out and about with loved ones. I remember wanting to be out with everyone- feeling like I was missing the party, and also hoping that people didn’t think I was ignoring them. It was an awkward time– mainly because I wasn’t sure how I felt about nursing in the company of others, or how they’d feel about me doing so.

Over time, I got more comfortable with nursing, and consequently, more comfortable with the idea of nursing in front of others. The visits, (of course), continued- because any parent knows, there’s nothing that draws a crowd more than a new baby. I started with friends by asking if they minded me nursing (with a cover, because I personally just didn’t feel comfortable going without one). Nine times out of ten, they were cool with it, and those visits were so much easier and much less awkward than the visits in the early days. Interestingly, nursing in front of family, for me, took longer- but I eventually ended up nursing in the company of most of my friends and family.

With so many gatherings happening this time of year, I started wondering what other Mommies’ experiences have been with nursing at holiday parties. Have you ducked out? Nursed with a cover? Without a cover? Were you comfortable with it right from the start? Or did it take easing into?

At the party this weekend, I didn’t get the chance to chat with that new Mommy (my two-year-old went into melt-down mode because she was overdue for a nap). I had hoped to connect with her, to swap stories as a fellow nursing Mommy, and also to tell her about our nursing covers, so that in the future, if she wanted to stay out with the rest of us, she could feel comfortable nursing her baby anywhere, and in any company. I also would have told her that the nursing period goes by way too fast, and to enjoy each and every moment of that special time with her little one– whether she’s hanging out on her own or in the middle of the party.

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Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: November 2011 Mommy Gear

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – November 2011

Store Name: Mommy Gear

Years in business: 15

Store Location: 107 S. St. Clair St., Ligonier PA 15658 & online at www.mommygear.com

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Hours: 10:00-5:00 Mon-Fri
10:00-4:00 Sat
Thursdays Open til 7:00 p.m…Other evening hours by appointment

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry? All colors of Bebe Au Lait Nursing Covers, Hooter Hiders, Gift Sets & Quibs!

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase? Bebe au Lait: Yoko,Chocolat, & Sevilla.  Hooter Hiders: Nest & Marseilles

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product? Bebe Au Lait Nursing covers…because they are stylish and help our customers gain confidence to nurse their baby in public.

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products? On a mannequin to demonstrate how they work so customers can touch the quality of the fabric. Our product display is an adorable re-purposed old dresser with the drawers removed and replaced with shelves.

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Mama Monday: Sleeping with an almost 11 month old and three year old!

I don’t think I have had a decent night’s sleep in close to four years. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but probably not. My girls are only two and half years apart. I had about six months in-between pregnancy/breastfeeding and getting pregnant again. We planned this so I knew it was happening but the funny thing about kids is that even when you plan you have no idea what you are getting yourself into!

Here is my current situation and I happily solicit any and all recommendations. The baby is still nursing throughout the night! Ok, before you judge, let me give you some background: My girls share a room and it is a lot easier to have one baby up in the middle of the night than two. So we have not tested the “cry it out” method as we did with my first daughter because of the baby possibly waking up the three year old. However, mama has just about reached her limit and if I don’t get some sleep I don’t know how I am going to continue to function. This is how a typical night goes….

Dinner/bath/bed – sounding pretty familiar I am sure.  My husband (when he is not traveling for work) usually takes the three year old for teeth/hair brushing, story and bed. Most nights she goes to sleep but sometimes I will have to lay down with her for “one minute” after I get the baby down. As my husband gets the three year old down, the baby and I lay on my bed and I nurse her to sleep. Wondering where the problem is? It starts anywhere from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am. The baby wakes up and starts crying. I drag myself down to their bedroom and retrieve her so she won’t wake her sister. I have tried to nurse her quickly and lay her back down but she always wakes up and starts crying as soon as I put her down. So now I just bring her back to bed with me…. Yes, I can hear the tongues clicking at this. I nurse her back to sleep in our bed and she falls asleep….For like, 15 minutes and then it starts again. And again. And again… This continues until the alarm goes off or our three year old comes in to wake us up.

Obviously, my quick fix solution isn’t working for anyone. I am not sleeping, the baby is not sleeping and my husband may be pretending to sleep but probably isn’t. How do I get this baby to sleep in her crib through the night?

Proof that she does sleep….

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Experiences…

I was born in the late 70’s in a small, very liberal community where mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies until they are at least two years old.  I think that my mother nursed me until I was 2 1/2, and only stopped while she was pregnant with my sister. I have enormous amounts of respect for women that are pregnant and breastfeeding – not something I personally could have done. Because of where I was raised, I have learned that I have a unique perspective on breastfeeding.  This perspective was realized only as I became a mom and later as I became involved in the baby business and specifically within the mommysphere.

When I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, there was no question that I would breastfeed. My midwife suggested that I nurse for the first two years but recommend at a minimum for the first year. I figured I could do it for a year and we would see how it went after that. Fortunately, the only easy aspect of pregnancy and labor for me was breastfeeding. Don’t be misled, it hurt and I had scabs and bleeding nipples for the first couple of weeks but she latched on right away and it seemed to be the perfect match for both of us. (A little tip – iceberg lettuce leaves are the perfect size to soothe sore breasts and nipples… just chill in the fridge and add a leaf to each breast). I recognize that since my daughter and I were both “naturals” it made breastfeeding a lot easier but I was also dedicated because I knew the benefits it brought to her.  My husband and I traveled overseas when she turned one and I decided to extend breastfeeding until our return… She weaned herself two months later at 14 months.

This week I find myself contemplating the weaning of my second daughter as she is nearing the one year mark at the end of September. The year has gone by so fast and breastfeeding was second nature to me this time around — it seems everything is easier with the second baby.  I am not sure how it will be with her since she is my last baby and I wonder if I won’t prolong it longer than with the first. Will she wean herself? For now and for the next month or so I am not going to worry about it; time will tell and my daughter will, too.  This week and the weeks to come I will proudly breastfeed my daughter anywhere and I know where I can find fantastic nursing covers to get me through it.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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