Breastfeeding Tips Ways to Multitask while Breastfeeding

After the initial flush of success and the bonding process has been established during the breastfeeding regime, you cotton on pretty quickly that having a breastfeeding infant can be less of a hindrance than having to fuss about with the bottle.

Although in the early weeks you may feel that you wish to nurse in a comfortable environment to promote good lactation, however, any initial uncertainty will quickly wear off, and you find yourself breastfeeding in all kinds of odd places.

I always had the attitude that if my infant was safe and getting all the nutrients that he needed, that I wasn’t causing offense to anyone else, and that I was holding my baby in a secure position, then I could pretty much do as I pleased in the breastfeeding time slot.

For mums with young children it is important to get into a good routine and that youngsters are made to understand that they have to be good whilst baby is feeding. However, it doesn’t mean that you cannot interact with your children.

During the specific time slots that you feed the baby ensure that other children have something to do as well. For example, during the morning feed wait for the younger ones to have their breakfast first, and then sit them on the sofa with a book and take it in turns to hear the children read. After that you could encourage them to draw pictures or watch them play a board game such as snakes and ladders or watch the television with them. This can be a nice time for everyone because as you pick baby up to change him to the other breast, or wind, the other children could interact with him.

During the midday feed, once again make sure that you already have food prepared for the younger ones. Whilst they are eating you will be able to sit down in a comfortable chair with the baby and start to breastfeed. At times such as this take the opportunity to get on with other tasks such as eating your own lunch, and getting on with some crocheting, embroidery or cross stitch. I used to support my arms and wrists with a pillow to keep what I was doing separate from my baby and to make sure that I didn’t lean on him.

During the afternoon, when all is quiet with one child at preschool and another having a nap, breastfeeding time can be given to catching up on telephone calls to friends and family, paying bills and sorting out other problems over the phone. Take the chance to watch a television programme of your own, listen to some favourite music, do a crossword puzzle, read a book or a magazine or eat a snack.

The computer can be a great place to escape to whilst feeding the baby, just as long as it does not become intrusive and that you don’t neglect the needs of the infant. For example you may be winning at poker, but your baby also needs your attention and a change of breast. He shouldn’t have to wait for you to finish a game first.

The more children that you have, the more adept you become at multitasking and the more confident that you become at holding baby in the right position to ensure his security. Preparing things in advance is very important as you cannot put baby in danger by taking him into the kitchen whilst hot food is being prepared, using dangerous chemicals around him or even driving a car. 

Nursing your baby can take up a lot of your time, and when you have finished the phase of gazing at your cute mini-me, clearing out his cradle cap and brushing his beautiful curls, it is perfectly fine to fill the rest of the time catching up with other tasks that can help you to keep on top of your workload, fulfil family commitments and still give you a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of the day.