Silver was born just over six months ago, and I am so glad breastfeeding is well-established and going well. It wasn’t easy in the beginning; even though I’ve done this with my other kids, there’s always a learning curve and sometimes it can get stressful.
There are a lot of health benefits of breastfeeding, but there are some challenges as well. I am a busy mom to four young kids and while I am juggling feeding the baby with the older kids needs’, conducting home school, and work, taking a small break to feed the baby is not always great timing.
I am a multitasker. It’s how I get things done, and to be honest, slowing things down is not always easy for me. I am usually doing a few things at the same time and when Silver was fresh and new, multitasking and breastfeeding was not easy.
Not impossible, but not easy. There are ways you can use the breastfeeding slow-down to your benefit and do more than one thing while you’re busy feeding the baby at the same time.
I find it a challenge to carve out the time to eat. There have been more days than I care to admit where it’s past 9 p.m. by the time I realize I haven’t eaten yet. It’s not a good habit, and well, it makes things more difficult when I am all angry from the “hangries,” so I multitask. When I am breastfeeding, I can eat. It’s a good reminder that it’s time for me to eat, too.
2. Catch up on Pretty Little Liars
Okay, well, if PLL isn’t your thing, then maybe you can catch up on the TV series on Netflix you’ve been wanting to watch but can’t seem to find the time. If you watch one episode each time you sit down to breastfeed, even if you only watch 20 minutes at a time, you’ll be caught up on the series in no time.
3. Stare at your cute baby
They’re only that little once, after all. You can use the time to bond — sing to your baby, talk to your baby, trace his ears with your finger.
4. Read a great book
Have you been meaning to pick you the latest “it” book and give it a read? Too tired to read when you’ve finally got the kids to bed? Why not pick up the book while you’re breastfeeding? You can probably get a chapter or two down while you’re feeding the baby, and you may be more forgiving if the baby is going through a growth spurt so you can keep reading.
5. Social media it up
When I was breastfeeding my third child, I joined Twitter. I started my own blog and started connecting with people from all over. I had all that time where I was stuck sitting on the couch to feed the baby for the seventh time in as many hours and chatting on social media helped me feel more connected to real adults and helped me “pass the time.”
6. Take a nap
Have you tried side-laying while you feed? Oh, it’s glorious! That afternoon nap you want to take but feel guilty about? Don’t! Lie down with your baby in bed and rest while he eats. He’ll be happily fed (and maybe even nap himself!) and that breather and break will recharge you for the afternoon.
7. All the things!
There will come a time where you’ll be an expert at doing anything while you’re breastfeeding. You’ll quickly figure out how to do things one-handed while you hold your nursing baby and nothing will hold you back. I’ve cleaned the kitchen, taken a shower, walked through the grocery store – all while breastfeeding. It’s second-nature now!
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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and four kids. No, those aren’t her kids’ real names – they’re online pseudonyms. Read more from Devan on Babble as she dishes about babies, pets, and love + keep up with byDevan on Facebook and Twitter!