Here at Bravado Designs we recently had the good fortune— and fun— of hosting the Holiday Baby Twitter Party in which moms across the country logged on to chat about the challenges they face during the holidays. Hosted by our bloggers from The Bravado Breastfeeding Diaries, Intimate Tales of Motherhood - the conversation ran the gamut: from travel difficulties, to breastfeeding at holiday gatherings, to keeping baby on schedule amidst the chaos, to the joys of family “support.”
Thanks to everyone that participated, the Holiday Baby Twitter Party proved to be a powerful exchange of information, ideas and tried and true tactics for navigating the holidays with your little one. The conversation was candid, quick and rich with great insider insights for new and experienced Mamas alike.
Here are a few of our favorite takeaways from the event:
Finding space and privacy to nurse while traveling can be tricky, especially on a plane or bus where seating is tight.
While many participants said they “powered through” in-flight nursing sessions, others chose to give baby pumped breast milk in a bottle and still others avoided flying altogether. Helpful tips that came out of the chat:
It’s difficult to maintain baby’s schedule amidst the holiday chaos
For some reason, the holiday table is always ripe with opportunity to give and receive unsolicited parenting advice.
How to deal with the litany of opinions from family members was a hot topic during our Twitter Party! Whether your parents think your baby/toddler is too old to nurse, your grandmother isn’t supportive of breastfeeding or your husband is uncomfortable with you nursing in the midst of company-- the advice often comes at moms from multiple directions. While being on the receiving end of this advice can be frustrating and even maddening…the unwavering consensus from all of our participants: trust your instincts and remain confident in your parenting expertise. Strategies and responses to unwanted advice included:
The bottom line: do what’s best for you and your baby and know that the holidays will soon be behind you!