Breastfeeding in the winter is one of the best times to breastfeed, in my opinion. Although I was born in Burbank, I’ve lived in Oregon pretty much my entire life and I’m very much a proud Oregonian. I love seasons and I LOVE the snow!
I love the summer and just because it snows in Oregon does not mean it does not get super hot in the summer; it does, especially in Central Oregon, where I grew up.
As I teenager, I loved going outdoors and playing sports but I would be so uncomfortable in the summer when it was so hot and when I would sweat; I hate sweating! So, of course, the first summer I was a breastfeeding mom was interesting for me. Thank goodness I found myself mostly in air-conditioned climates; however, I did experience some very sweaty and uncomfortable situations while trying to cover my baby boy while nursing.
In the winter, you already want to cuddle up and stay warm, and breastfeeding in this climate is beyond perfect! My daughter has increased her feedings not just because she was sick (another seasonal favorite, not!) but also because when she wants to get warm and cuddle up with me, she looks over and thinks why not, let’s have some of mommy’s milk, too! Which happens a lot throughout the day.
This weather also makes babywearing even more enjoyable for my daughter and even my 3-year-old son because being on us keeps them warm. When I can babywear her all the time to stay warm and multitask, again, milk is right there for her to have!
Winter… a great season for breastfeeding!
Another great result of all this breastfeeding in this cold weather is it helps increase my supply! What nursing mama doesn’t love that?! What’s also great about an increase in supply during this holiday season is that it can give us mamas a chance to give back. Besides the amazing fact that we nurture and give to our babies, we can give back to other babies in need of our breastmilk, too! If you have a frozen stash you aren’t going to use or you need to pump even after your baby or toddler has eaten enough, think about donating.
Last winter, I had a frozen stash I realized Little Miss wasn’t going to use by her first birthday coming up in a few months (in April). So around this time last year, I donated to a local mom who had adopted her beautiful baby girl. Because she felt it was so important her daughter be breastfed the first year of her life, she had to rely on mamas willing to donate. Hospitals and many families are now turning to and offering donated breastmilk as the first feeding option, over formula. This is a great way to think about giving back this holiday season.
The holiday season is such a special time to recap on our lives in the last year and what our new goals are for the new ear. So, the last amazing thing I want to point out about breastfeeding during the holiday season is to look down at your baby or toddler and just feel so blessed for what you have and what you’re providing for these beautiful little people.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, Mamas and Families!!
Kind reminder: I’m in no way against formula or bottle feeding. I understand every family and situation is different and we do the best we can. I support all mamas and families who love their children unconditionally. I and Breastfeeding World want to help normalize breastfeeding and help motivate and support mothers to continue trying to breastfeed.
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