Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing. It provides nutrition to your child. It promotes bonding. It gives you big boobs. But -- it’s not always the most entertaining thing in the world. Nursing can take a while, and, well, sometimes it can get a little boring. And let’s not talk about cluster feeding days. So why not multitask? Here are six things you can do while breastfeeding.
Watch your shows. This is what I did for nighttime feedings when I was nursing. I’d TiVo all sorts of things -- weird documentary-type programs on the O Network I’d otherwise never watch; Housewives (natch); and Saturday Night Live, which I hadn’t been up late enough to watch in eons. And woo-hoo for no commercials! (Also, you can get into a TV series you’ve been dying to watch -- I highly recommend Homeland.)
Listen to your iPod. When my daughter was first born, and my in-laws came to visit, I would go into my bedroom to nurse and just listen to my iPod. Personally, I went with soothing, relaxing music, but a book "on tape" is a great idea, also.
Meditate. I’m one of the world’s worst meditators, so this didn’t exactly work for me, but if you happen to have a quiet mind, try really focusing on ... nothing. Really be in the moment. You’ll feel revitalized afterwards, maybe even a little rested? (A little.)
Your websites. I basically look at the Internet all day as part of my job, but when I was on maternity leave and nursing, I checked out sites I typically never went to. Recipe blogs; random "mommy" blogs; gossip sites (okay, I still go to those, obviously, but I’ll never forget when I found out Jessica Simpson gave birth -- at around 3:30 in the morning. I was, oddly, really excited.).
Have your partner lay with you in bed. Why not get the whole family to cuddle? It’s so cozy, and intimate, and lovely. A memory you’ll have forever.
Save your phone calls for when you’re nursing. I mean, I wouldn’t talk on the phone every time you’re breastfeeding, but if you have a friend you want to catch up with -- and the conversation is going to be nice, and calm, and PG -- what better time than when you’re sitting on your couch or laying in your bed?
What did you do while nursing?
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