Hey mamas, it’s almost Thanksgiving and you’re probably getting excited to see your family and introduce them to your baby, maybe for the first time! Thanksgiving is a really fun holiday but I’m here to give you a warning if this is your baby’s first T-day: someone will probably try to give your breastfed baby real food. It’s probably because food is the main part of this holiday, it’s strange and it happens all the time. From a well meaning family member saying “I wish you would just let me feed him/her a bottle of formula” to people purposely sneaking your baby food when you leave the room, it happens. So be alert, let your spouse or your Mom know not to give them table food. Breastmilk is all they need before 6 months old.
You may not think this is a big deal if your baby is young and this is your first child. I sure didn’t in 2010 when my baby was four months old. What’s the harm in a little mashed potatoes? The harm is their gut not being fully developed before six months, which may lead to upset tummies. In worse cases, baby will have an allergic reaction which may end your Thanksgiving in a trip to the ER.
Your little one has the rest of his life to taste Aunt Mary’s famous green bean casserole so say no if they are younger than six months. Let people know that you are joyful to be able to breastfeed. It’s an amazing connection, not a burden. And use the experience as a quiet time for you when family gets to be a little too much. You may have to educate some family members on why breastfeeding is so great for babies. Keep on smiling mommy, we support you!
What do you say to family members who try to feed your baby food before they are ready?
November is a month when we focus on what we are thankful for. Have you added breastfeeding to that list? A woman’s body being able to provide nourishment and comfort to their baby is a miraculous part of nature. Often we think of breastfeeding as a chore but instead try to list the things it has given to you. Even if you breastfed for a short time or supplement with another form of food, every drop of liquid gold that you produce helps your baby and you in these areas:
develops babies immunity
establishes good gut microbiota
easy bed time routine
Has breastfeeding been a struggle for you? Then you have even more to be thankful for. Be grateful for the obstacles because they make you even more committed in your choice to provide the very best for your baby. You have probably done more research than most moms. You are growing your creativity when you forget a pump part at home and have to figure out what to do. And if you start asking moms, none would say they had a beautiful breastfeeding journey with no problems at all. If you want to produce more milk, click on our products page to see what we offer.
Please comment- what’s on your list of reasons to be thankful for breastfeeding?
I bet your baby would agree that breastfeeding is the best thing in his/ her life!