10 Things You Can Do While You're Breastfeeding

What Else Can You Do While You're Breastfeeding?
Enjoy a cup of tea or healthy snack and return a phone call while you're breastfeeding.. PhotoAlto/Alix Minde/Getty Images

What Can You Do While You're Breastfeeding?

If you have a newborn, this may seem like a joke..."What do you mean, 'What else can I do while I'm breastfeeding?' I'm breastfeeding, and I have no hands to spare! What can I do except for...well...breastfeed?" But, once you get the hang of positioning and latching your baby on, you will realize that you'll be spending a lot of time in your glider or on your couch.

So, how can you multitask and spend this precious time? Well, here are 10 things you can do while you're breastfeeding.

#1. Interact With Your Baby

It may seem like a no-brainer, but spend some time staring at your baby. Talk to her. Sing to her. Before you know it, she's going to be pulling off the breast and looking up at you, giving a quick smile, and going back to her nursing.This interaction will make you melt!

#2. Catch Some Zzz's 

Take a nap with your baby while she's nursing. The side-lying position is the perfect position to learn for this purpose! Napping with your baby is an excellent way to spend the afternoon. Don't worry, it's a very safe way to nurse–just make sure you don't have a lot of pillows around the baby.

#3. Have A Snack

Relax with a covered cup of tea and a healthy snack. Breastfeeding teas promote healthy lactation, and they taste great with a whole-grain oat bar or an energy bar.

This is an easy way to fit in some nutrition, hydration, and relaxation.

#4. Watch A Little TV

Turn on the tube and catch up on all those TIVO'd shows you've been neglecting. However, watching TV is easier to do with a newborn. It can get harder as the baby gets older because an older child can become distracted and stop nursing.

#5. Do Some Reading

Depending on your attention span, you can use this time to read a magazine or immerse yourself in a good book.

#6. Do Something With Your Other Children

You can spend quality time with your other children. If you have another child that is still very young, this time is critical. So, talk to him or pull out his favorite book to make him feel that he's not left out of the loop.

#7. Check Something Off Your To-Do List

If you're very comfortable and confident in your breastfeeding skills, you can get your housework done! If the baby doesn't require a lot of guidance with her latch and she has good head control, you can put her in a breastfeeding sling. With your baby in a sling, you can move about the house freely, and the baby can continue to nurse for as long as she wants. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you can even get some errands done. Slings are very discreet – you have to dig deep into them to see the baby, which most strangers won't do, so your baby can nurse through your whole trip to the grocery store if need be.

(Just not in the car, of course.)

#8. Make A Few Phone Calls

Call a friend. When you're sitting on the couch breastfeeding, it's the ideal time to return messages. But, you may want to buy a hands-free headset if the baby still needs assistance with the latch.

#9. Just Relax

Sit in silence and put your feet up. The baby is happily nursing, so take this time to listen to the lack of fussing and enjoy the moment. 

#10. Spend Time With Friends

Invite some friends over to hang out, you can chat through nursing and spend the day together. 

Edited by Donna Murray

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