Nursing Isn't Always Pretty: Tips For Breastfeeding Under Less-Than-Ideal Circumstances

As an athlete, one of the last things I expected was to develop arthritis. However, I did. To me, arthritis meant I had to slow down, get a cane, and keep my legs elevated at all times. My doctor helped me to understand that I could continue living my life with some simple modifications to my daily routine. I did not have to give up sports. I created this blog to help other athletes who have been newly diagnosed with arthritis. With proper nutrition and the right lifestyle changes, you do not have to give up the sports you love.

Nursing Isn't Always Pretty: Tips For Breastfeeding Under Less-Than-Ideal Circumstances

15 December 2014
 Categories: Health & Medical , Articles


From choosing between disposable or cloth diapers to deciding whether or not to soothe your baby with a pacifier, motherhood is filled with seemingly endless choices. However, when it came to providing your new baby with nourishment, there was only one option for you: breastfeeding. While you're at home, breastfeeding is a beautiful way to bond. However, there will be times when breastfeeding is a little more complicated, and a lot more uncomfortable or embarrassing. Here are a two common breastfeeding conundrums, and how to face them:

Breastfeeding While You're Sick

Whether you have a major case of the sniffles or are running to the bathroom every ten minutes, breastfeeding while you're sick is very scary. Aside from being uncomfortable, you're probably worried what effect your germs will have on the baby.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's perfectly safe to continue breastfeeding your baby through most minor illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. Remember, you've been cuddling and kissing your baby so chances are, they have been exposed to the illness anyway.

Breastfeeding while you're feeling under the weather won't always be comfortable, so here are a few things you can do to continue nursing your baby while you nurse yourself back to health:

  • Speak to your doctor about any medications that are safe to take while breastfeeding. There are a number of over the counter medications to treat your sore throat, upset stomach or cough that are safe for the baby.

  • Hand over the other baby responsibilities to your mate or family. Stay in bed and ask someone to bring you the baby for breastfeeding. Even though you might want to help, remember it's best to get yourself healthy first.

If you take antibiotics or have diabetes, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges you to watch for symptoms of thrush, which is a yeast infection that occurs in your baby's mouth. The most obvious symptom is a white film that forms on the baby's tongue, lips and inside the mouth, but don't worry because it's easily treated.

Breastfeeding On a Plane

Air travel is already uncomfortable enough, but if you have to breastfeed unprepared, it can be a nightmare. If you're not comfortable nursing on a plane, pumping is the best option.

However, because airport screening has become more complicated, be prepared to have your breast milk thoroughly screened by airport security. According to Baby Center, if you won't need the breast milk on the plane, the best option is to store it inside a cooler. However, if you are planning to feed the baby on the plane, skipping the bottle might be the better option.

Airplane seats are notoriously cramped, but with the right preparation, it is possible to discreetly nurse your baby without completely embarrassing yourself! Here's how:

  • Wear comfortable clothing you can easily slip on and off. There are tops designed specifically for breastfeeding, so consider splurging on one to help make the process a little easier.

  • Pack a nursing cover or a blanket in your carry on. If your baby is awake, whether they are hungry or not, try to breastfeed while the plane is taking off. The sucking motion can help prevent any ear pain that can send your otherwise quiet baby into hysterics.

  • Grab the hand sanitizer and use it often throughout the flight, especially before touching and breastfeeding your baby. Germs are everywhere on airplanes and the last thing you need during your vacation is a sick, cranky baby!

Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience, so click here for info on other options and don't let life's little annoyances stop you from providing your baby with this amazing gift. No matter what the dilemma, with some careful planning and a little hand sanitizer, it's possible to nurse your baby almost anywhere!

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Tips for Athletes With Arthritis

As an athlete, one of the last things I expected was to develop arthritis. However, I did. To me, arthritis meant I had to slow down, get a cane, and keep my legs elevated at all times. My doctor helped me to understand that I could continue living my life with some simple modifications to my daily routine. I did not have to give up sports. I created this blog to help other athletes who have been newly diagnosed with arthritis. With proper nutrition and the right lifestyle changes, you do not have to give up the sports you love.

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