How do you nurse and get everything else done around the home without having older children or family around to help? Do you have a method for nursing and walking around? If so could you describe how? Any other suggestions for multitasking? Do you nurse while writing?
Here are previous posts I have written on nursing babies:
- Breastfeeding advice
- What to expect the first weeks with a newborn
- How to manage the home while nursing a baby
Now, I have a good news/bad news answer for this question, and you probably know what's coming.
The bad news is you can't get everything done around the home without help while nursing a baby. Since a newborn needs to nurse every 2-4 hours, that means you will be taking a break from most of your activities and sitting or lying down with the baby.
The good news is every 2-4 hours you get to take a break from most of your activities to sit or lie down with your baby! You will need plenty of rest (and water) to keep up your milk supply, and nursing is the perfect time for that.
This means you will have to prioritize your "to do" list to make sure the most important things get done. Some of the things that get done when there isn't a newborn in the house will fall by the wayside, and you want to arrange it so those things aren't critical to anyone's survival.
My "to do when I have a nursing baby" list looks something like this:
- Feed the people.
- Clothe the people.
- Talk nice words to the people.
Anything beyond that list is extra credit, and I nominate myself for Mother of the Year.
There are things you can accomplish while sitting and nursing a baby.
- Read silently.
- Read aloud.
- Color one-handed.
- Sing songs.
- Type one-handed.
You can also stand and walk while nursing a baby, and sling or wrap can even allow you to do this hands free, with a little practice. The key to this is positioning and a baby who doesn't mind the sling. Once you get the hang of using a sling for nursing, you can do lots of things simultaneously.
- Wash dishes.
- Fold laundry.
- Make sandwiches.
Above all, give yourself a break. The nursing season is so short in the grand scheme of things, and you won't want to look back with regret on how you wished it away. If the laundry sits in baskets while you nurse your baby, the world won't come crashing down. Do what you can and let the rest go.