9 Things to do While Breastfeeding
During those early days, you'll probably find yourself spending the majority of your time breastfeeding!
This is a great opportunity to relax and bond with your baby. As time moves on and your start to feel more comfortable, you might try and make the most out of this time by multitasking! There are plenty of things that you can do from the comfort of your couch or bed that will leave you feeling chilled out and relaxed.
When was the last time you were able to enjoy a hot meal right when it was cooked and have more than five minutes to eat it? Probably before you had your baby! Use this time to sit down and enjoy your lunch, dinner or snack. Breastfeeding requires good nutritional habits so take the time to eat a well balanced meal. I know myself that when I am hungry I cannot function properly and I get quite grumpy! Eating regular, well balanced meals will keep your energy levels up and your sugar levels balanced, enabling you to cope with the lack of sleep.
2. Sing and chat to your baby
Your baby has listened to your voice in the womb and a moms voice is the most beautiful voice to the baby. Why not use this special bonding time to sing and chat to your baby. Sing your favourite song or lullaby, chat about your day and your plans for the week ahead. Make eye contact (unless it's a night feed!) and soon your baby will be interacting with you.
3. Drink water
Every time you breastfeed make sure you sip on a large glass of water. Breastfeeding women need to consume around three litres of water per day. When your busy looking after your baby it is easy to put yourself on the back burner. Get into a habit of always having a large glass of water beside you while breastfeeding.
4. Read a book or magazine
You are not going to have much spare time when your baby arrives so use your breastfeeding time wisely. Catch up on your favourite magazine or read a book. Soon breastfeeding time will also be moms chill out time!
5. Watch TV
When was the last time you sat down and caught up on your favourite TV programme? Probably not for a while! Use this time to relax on the couch and watch your favourite TV series especially during those night feeds.
6. Bond with your other children
If you have more children, use the time to bond with them. Spend some time chatting to them about their day, colour with them, help them with their homework. Many children can feel a little left out when a new baby arrives on the doorstep. Special time with mummy is important, so make sure you spend some of your 'free time' relaxing with them.
7. Browse the internet
Catch up on your emails, Facebook, your favourite websites and maybe even treat yourself to some on-line shopping! A tablet device is perfect to use when breastfeeding, it will fit perfectly on your lap or on the couch beside you.
8. Rest and relax
Sometimes, all you want to do is have a little chill out time with baby. Concentrate on your breathing and your baby's breathing to fully relax yourself. There's no harm in closing your eyes for a few minutes snooze, but make sure not to fully fall asleep unless you have another adult in the room with you.
9. Make some phone calls
Whether it's catching up with friends and family or making those all important phone calls breastfeeding is the perfect time to do it! Now I'm not saying chat on the phone during every breastfeed but the odd time when you need to make some calls or would love a chat with your friend it's the perfect time to do it. Breastfeeding is beneficial to both mom and baby and while at the start it may feel a little uncomfortable you will soon get into a rhythm and look forward to feeds so you can have a well deserved rest. Remember that a happy mom = a happy baby so make sure to take some time out and look after yourself too.
What is your favourite thing to do while breastfeeding? Let us know in the comments section below.