Although the act of breastfeeding seems like a fun and simple way to sit back, relax, and enjoy with your baby, it can sometimes also make you feel like you’re stuck sitting on your couch – especially if you’re an expert multitasker. Consequently, as soon as you realize you’re spending the majority of your precious time breastfeeding, you wish to do something productive. Fortunately, there are plenty of productive things you can easily do at the same time as you’re breastfeeding your little one. Here are just a few examples
Interact With Your Baby:
As breastfeeding is a great time to bond with the baby, interact with your little one as much as you can. Sing your favorite song or lullaby, talk to your cute baby about your day or your plans for the future, or simply stare at him. The more you interact with your newborn, the faster you’re teaching him important language skills - which he really need.
Read a Great Book or Magazine:
Are you an avid reader? If so, breastfeeding is going to be a perfect time for you to catch up on your favorite book or magazine. Be it a tangible book or an intangible e-book, reading is probably one of the easiest tasks you can do while you’re breastfeeding - all you need to do is turn the page using your finger. Alternatively, if you don’t have a book, you can read a newspaper too.
Listen to Your Favorite Music:
If you’re a music lover, you can make the most of your breastfeeding time by listening to your favorite songs, podcasts, or audio books. You can even watch a movie using earphones if your little one is able to effectively suck your breast with minimum hand support. Listening to soft, soothing music during nursing is arguably the most enjoyable way to beat breastfeeding boredom.
Browse the Internet:
If you have your phone or tablet around, you can do a lot of productive things online while breastfeeding. Cleaning up your inbox, catching up on your favorite social media sites, looking up a new recipe, doing online shopping or banking, reading the news, or simply playing candy crush – there are countless things you can perform online with your one hand only.
Watch a Little TV:
When was the last time you sat down and watched your favorite TV show? Probably not for a while! Since you’re at one place for about half an hour, it’s time to turn on your TV and catch up on all those programs you've been missing for a long time. However, if your baby is a bit older, he may get distracted and stop nursing. To avoid this, you're recommended to use a nursing cover to breastfeed your child while watching the TV.
Make a Few Phone Calls:
Breastfeeding is also the perfect time to catch up with your long-distance family members and friends. Browse your contact list and make a good, old-fashioned phone call to someone you love to get in touch with. It can be anyone special to you – your mom, your college friend, or even you partner working in the office. Just be careful not to make a video call as it can distract your little one.
Do Some Sewing, Knitting or Crafting:
If you're fond of sewing, knitting or crafting, then breastfeeding is the perfect time to show your creativity and be productive. You can do whatever you love to do - mend a tear in clothing, knit a sweater for your little one, or craft something special for your baby’s siblings. Just make sure you prop baby up using a rolled up towel or a comfortable nursing pillow. This will help you keep the needles away from your little one.
Write, Paint, or Draw:
If you’re a blogger or just really have a flair for writing, then get that pen and start writing your thoughts on a paper. Later, you can finalize your rough draft on a laptop or desktop computer. You can even write out your to-do list to get everything done in a perfect manner during your busy day. Likewise, painting and drawing are also productive ways to take full advantage of breastfeeding sessions.
Eat and Drink:
If your newborn is eating, why shouldn't you grab something nutritious delicious too? As breastfeeding burns around 300-500 calories a day, eating a healthy snack with some relevant beverages becomes inevitable to keep your energy levels up during breastfeeding. Eat one-handed snacks – like fruits, biscuits, nuts, chips, and hard-boiled eggs – and keep a large glass of water right next to your snack plate to ensure you’ll drink enough to stay well-hydrated during breastfeeding.
Sometimes, all you want to do is relax yourself and have a little chill out time with your little one. If that is the case, just sit in silence, put your feet up and concentrate on your breathing to feel fully refreshed and rejuvenated. Remember, there is nothing better than catching up on that much-needed rest while nurturing your little one at the same time!