7 Things You Can Do While You Breastfeed (or Pump)


7 Things You Can Do While You Breastfeed (or Pump)

Stuck under a cluster feeding baby today? Here are 4 things you can do right from your living room.

Order your groceries. Services like Amazon Fresh allow you to shop online, then ship/deliver your groceries right to your door.  Or there’s Instacart, which sends an independent grocery delivery service to shop for you for a small fee. Both serve areas with larger cities, but, even grocers like Safeway, Kroger, and Publix offer delivery services depending on your location.

Program your vacuum. I LOVE my Roomba, and trust me, if you had one, you would, too. I know, I know, it’s pricey and seems a little indulgent. But, here’s the thing: several companies have recently come out with more reasonably priced models. And they’re robots. That vacuum. Without you having to do anything. For serious. So, go out and check out your options- get yourself your very own Rosie the Robot, and let it do it’s thing. Accept your need for this very important household appliance before you have a crawler finding crumbs to snack on on every surface of the house. Trust me.

Automate your life. Let’s face it, you have a new baby. Which means whatever you can take off you’re plate, you should. If you haven’t already (and really, what are you, living in the dark ages?) Automate every. single. thing. you can. Schedule every bill to Autopay. Set a certain amount of your monthly pay to go directly to savings. Set up alarms for every important daily to-do so when things get hard with baby in tow, you’ll have handy reminders buzzing in your pocket. Write, then schedule delay send if it’s the middle of the night, on all those important emails you need to send (like applying for your FMLA benefits and your little one’s birth certificate) all while trapped  on the couch by your suckling sweetie.

Schedule those appointments. Make a list, then check it twice…before you sit down to nurse that baby at your breast for the 5th time in the past 3 hours. Once you know you’ll be sitting in that rocker for a while- what are you waiting for! Schedule those appointments. You know, the ones you’ve been putting off since baby was born: the dentist, your mammogram, and that casual conversation with that work connection where there’s potential job opportunity that would give you more flexible hours. The days are long but the years are short…it applies to both how fast you’ll watch your baby grow and how little time you have to get sh*t done. So go!

Listen to a podcast. It’s a great handsfree option that allows you to still gaze into baby’s eyes (before he’s dozing, that is.) They’re easy to download on iTunes and there are so, so many great ones to choose from like Liz Gilbert’s delightful Magic Lessons for creative types and the classic, This American Life.

Eat. Admit, you quite possibly have forgotten to eat a single thing today. Heat up some soup or a salad, then grab a milkmakers cookie for an after meal treat, before you sit down.

Kick up your feet and relax. Yes, really. You need a moment…and maybe, just maybe this is it. Instead of worrying about what may or may not be getting done, make sure to take at least one nursing session a day to veg. Don’t you dare pick up a parenting book or a deep, life lesson inducing tear jerker like War and Peace. This is your time to read US Weekly because a small human is sucking the life out of you. The least you should get out of the deal is 5 minutes to read about Brangelina’s divorce.