Handling Moving While Nursing A Baby
Moving in itself is hard enough without having to worry about children. However, this can get even more complicated if you are a nursing mom because you cannot delegate that to a sitter. Moving while you are nursing a baby requires a lot of planning ahead so you can have a seamless process without starving the baby. Here are some tips for nursing moms who are moving houses;
Take your time
Any mom with kids should take their sweet time to pack up and take care of all the moving stuff. Ideally, it is recommended that one takes 6 to 8 weeks. However, when you have a nursing baby you can be slow and preoccupied so give yourself 2 to 3 months to do everything. Have a written schedule of everything that needs to be done so you can do them systematically and avoid forgetting some.
While you may not be helped to nurse your child, get some people to help you with the move. Help can come in form of relatives, friends or professional movers to do the packing for you. It is unrealistic to imagine you can do all the packing and still take care of the baby and yourself. Allow people to get into the rooms and pack even if they don’t do it the way you would and ensure all the boxes are labeled correctly.
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Take care of yourself
Nursing moms need to take care of themselves as much as they are taking care of the baby. On top of having to eat and drink constantly, a nursing mom must have enough rest and stay away from stressful situations otherwise they can lose milk. Make sure you do all the packing during the day, so you and the baby can have enough rest and maintain that sleep routine to avoid stress and fatigue.
It is no mystery that if you don’t eat enough, your baby will starve too. Since it can be difficult to keep cooking while you are moving, plan to have enough food cooked the day before. You can pack up all the prepared food in coolers because the fridge will be turned off and have enough drinks packed as well. It’s very important to have ready bite-sized food items within your reach at all time.
Chances are that your child will not breastfeed as much they usually do and that means you will have more milk to spare. Pump all the milk before leaving the house and store it nicely for the baby to feed on the way. It’s also a good idea to have a manual hand-pump with you especially if you are moving across states or internationally so you can pump on the way.
Different states have different rules regarding breastfeeding while the car is moving because of the dangers involved. To avoid any mishap on the way, you can make a plan with the movers to stop every so often so you can nurse and change the baby.