Oh- the weather outside is frightful, but the Winter Baby is so delightful!
That’s right, we’re going to be talking about Winter Babies! Some parents may be a bit worried about the logistics of having a baby during the colder months of the year, so we wanted to ease some of those concerns by highlighting the pros of having a Winter Baby.
Snowing? No need to worry! You can stay in with your baby and enjoy watching the snow fall while cuddling up with your little one! Throw on a movie or a show to binge and get comfy with your bundle of joy.
Baby will be ready to go out on Spring adventures
By the time Spring comes around, your baby will be more interactive and ready for Spring and Summer adventures with the family.
Holidays and sense of togetherness
The holidays are the staple of the winter season, and you’ll have an amazing gift to share the season with. Click here to read our blogpost on setting holiday boundaries with your family!
Pajama Season> Bathing Suit Season
After giving birth, you probably want to cuddle up in your pajamas and fluffy blankets. This is what winter is all about! We think pajama season is a hundred times better than swimsuit season!
Who doesn’t love food? Winter time is known for turkey, stuffing, mac n’ cheese, and all types of desserts (are you drooling yet?). There’s something about a plate of food, a cup of hot chocolate, and cuddles from a newborn that can bring a feeling of happiness to anyone.
Did you have a Winter Baby? If so, what are some of your favorite things about having your baby during the cooler months? Tell us on our Facebook! Also, check out our tips on surviving winter with a newborn to make sure you’re prepared for cold and flu season.
Tis the season of holiday gatherings and events, and we know how stressful the season can be for parents with a newborn. This season is full of love and family togetherness, but it can come at a price for newborns. With the weather getting colder and families spending most of the days inside, colds and flu are a cause for concern for many parents of newborns. Because of this, it’s important for new parents to set boundaries with family and friends during holiday get-togethers. A general rule we believe is important is the ‘No touching’ rule. It seems simple enough, but we all know that there will be at least one person that wants to believe they are the exception to the rule.
The grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., will want to cuddle and kiss on their new addition to the family, and you might be a little more hesitant to tell them ‘no.’ We get it – they’re family! But the little bundle of joy you brought into the world needs you to be the one to protect them from possible exposure to the cold and flu. If you are having trouble thinking of how to lay down the law, here are some helpful tips:
Sick and Breastfeeding
If you or your breastfed baby do become sick, the best thing you could do is continue breastfeeding. The amazing thing about breastmilk is that its composition will change to help baby’s needs. For example, your body will know if you or your baby is sick and will increase the antibodies produced in the breastmilk. So, if the breastfeeding parent stopped breastfeeding they will not only hurt their supply, but they’ll also prevent the baby from obtaining those needed antibodies.
The holidays can be a tad stressful, but don’t let that stop you or your family from enjoying it! Set your ground rules, be sure everyone fully understands, and go have a little fun. If you have any holiday stories about your baby, we’d love to hear about it on our Facebook!
Fall is here! Well, sort of- there’s still technically a few more weeks until fall is “officially” here. Even so, the Autumn charm is filling the air! We at Metropolitan Breastfeeding thought it would be a great idea to share our top picks for fun activities to do in the fall with a newborn. We think Autumn can be filled with great times!
Picnic in the park
Some nice weather, a lovely park, and great food can lead to unforgettable family memories. Experts recommend outdoor time for both baby and parents, because being cooped up in the house all day, every day, can start to impact the whole family’s mood. A small picnic at a local park is perfect! There isn’t much you need to get started and staying local can ease worries about how much to bring. Pack some sandwiches, drinks, a blanket to sit on, and your diaper bag- that should be enough for an hour or two at the park with your family. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!
Who doesn’t like shopping? Well, if you weren’t the shopping type before just imagine shopping for cute Halloween or Thanksgiving costumes for your little one. (Did someone say cute baby pumpkins and turkeys crawling around?! Yes please!) If that still isn’t your speed, then maybe food is! Going on a grocery trip for holiday meals can be fun and can result in yummy creations for the whole family. The fall season brings in a certain delightful twist to shopping, so take advantage of the seasonal themes and have fun!
Walk around the Neighborhood
Something nice and simple is a peaceful walk around the neighborhood. When the leaves start to change, and the weather begins to cool down, a little walk with your baby can brighten any day. You can also collect some pretty leaves while walking and put them in a plastic bag for baby to have a fun and colorful sensory experience!
What do you plan on doing for your fall adventures? Tag us in amazing fall fun pictures on Facebook! We’d love to see any new activity ideas.
We can’t believe it’s September already and that Fall is right around the corner! You’ve probably already noticed the back-to-school and pumpkin spiced themes making their ways back into focus. Before all of that sets in, we at Metropolitan Breastfeeding thought we’d highlight some awesome breastfeeding moments from this summer.
Breastfeeding in Public
Parents can legally breastfeeding publicly in all 50 states. Now that’s a game-changer! Parents have been fighting the battle to breastfeed in public without harassment for a very long time, but in July it became official that it was legal to publicly breastfeed in all 50 states. Woohoo! This is amazing, but what’s more amazing was the news coverage on this – you saw it everywhere! Why is that so important? Well, when everyone is more aware of the laws around breastfeeding there is (hopefully) less chance of a breastfeeding parent being wrongly asked to cover up or leave because they’re feeding their child. Awareness is key in ensuring the success of this law’s intentions, and this summer was overflowing with awareness!
Around the same time as the public breastfeeding news broke, one working and breastfeeding mom decided to make an impactful statement. Model Mara Martin strutted her way down the catwalk with her baby fully latched on, without missing a beat. Moms everywhere found inspiration in Mara’s dedication to both motherhood and her work passions. It’s no easy feat being a parent, and when you add breastfeeding and a hectic work schedule life can become overwhelming. Statements like the one Mara Martin made are great reminders to parents that they are strong enough to nurture their children’s and their own wants and needs.
Now let’s take a moment to talk about another model – Chrissy Teigen. This is one busy mom! Chrissy loves showing the world her family bond. We loved (liked, favorited, pinned) every second of it this summer. Chrissy has shown us the true struggle of spilling milk (a.k.a. Liquid Gold), as well as the importance of having a support system (can’t we all have a John Legend in our lives?). Chrissy Teigen, and other celebrities like American Ferrara and P!nk, have done played a huge part in normalizing breastfeeding in the public eye this summer and have showed Hollywood that they can live their breastfeeding and personal dreams!
World Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week
Finally, let’s talk about World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. To quickly explain, August is the official National Breastfeeding Month and the first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week. It’s the month of breastfeeding! During this month we’ve gotten a chance to see The Global Big Latch On host events around the world where about 21,000 children were being breastfed during a timed minute. Wait, how many kids?! Yes, you read that right – 21,000! The Global Big Latch On is an organized event based around normalizing breastfeeding through having breastfeeding families gather to support one another. We at Metropolitan Breastfeeding definitely recommend breastfeeding parents to reach out and participate in next year’s event!
Another thing we’ve gotten to see for World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month was Lansinoh’s ‘Beautiful Breastfeeding Around the World’ photography collection which highlighted breastfeeding in different cultures around the world. Everyone at Metropolitan Breastfeeding has a special weakness for beautiful and creative breastfeeding photos so we’d recommend you guys check it out.
Did you have any breastfeeding adventures this summer? If you did and would like to share your story and maybe some pictures, tag us in them on Facebook!
The rain is over (hopefully!), summer is finally coming, and the greater DC area is about to get real steamy! For those that are pregnant right now, we know it can be extremely uncomfortable. So, we wanted to give our readers a few fun ways to beat the heat this season!
Pro Tip #1: Sweet Summer Sips
Treat yourself to a mocktail at Happy Hour, or blend up a fun smoothie at home using fresh local ingredients and you’ll be feeling more cheerful in no time! Luckily for us, there’s more than a few farmers markets in the area to choose from, so finding in-season fruits and veggies is a breeze! Throw some cucumber, mint, and lemon into a cold glass of seltzer and you’ve got yourself a fun mocktail that can masquerade as the real deal, and with so many great restaurants around you’ll surely be able to find a bartender that can whip you up something delicious – you deserve it!
Pro Tip #2: Take a Dip
One of the best ways that we’ve found to stay cool while pregnant is to submerge yourself. Whether you have a community pool nearby, or make the drive to the coast, getting yourself into some water will cool you off and take some pressure off of your aching joints! Bonus points if you can find a community pool that offers water aerobics so you can work those muscles at the same time!
Pro Tip #3: Get Outta Town
Summer is a great time to take the opportunity for a babymoon! Is there somewhere you’ve been wanting to go? Pull the trigger and do it! Chances are, once that baby comes you won’t have too much travel in your future, so now is your time! With new places and faces in front of you, the discomforts of being pregnant may not seem so bad anymore. AND this gives you a chance to do some shopping – we all know the ladies love to shop, and there are so many good options for maternity wear these days!
There you have it – three surefire ways to beat that DC heat this summer!