Usually before I start bf I grab a handful of things that I can easily do one handed.I usually opt for:
- Can of Dr Pepper (is a must)
- Some snacks! (as it may take a while)
Breastfeeding is defenetly a multitasking activity and us ladies do it so well!
1. Iphone/Ipad - I honestly don't know what I would do without these! When Amelia was a newborn I wouldn't sleep and I'd literally have her on me all night long. So I'd sit on my Iphone ALL night. I'd be on Facebook, Youtube and Google asking questions such as "is it normal for my baby to feed 24/7" "when does it get easier?"... story of my life right? Your phone becomes your new best friend and to this day it still is my breastfeeding friend.
2. Laptop - Another savior to have by your side whilst nursing your little one. However if you're not great at typing with one hand I'd recommend learning now! I am such a great multi-tasker, I can be feeding Amelia, blogging, watching TV and texting all at the same time.
3. Stock up on plenty of magazines or books for breastfeeding sessions, Especially as when they are younger babies can feed up to 40-60 minutes at a time! I remember the first month at least it was like I'd been superguled to the sofa! I couldn't move as I had a fairly bad labour so the sofa became my new home. I have waiter(Andy) service for all food and drinks and anything I needed and I could feed Amelia when ever she needed. Consider before popping going down to the library and stocking up on some books, or even buy some from Amazon.
4. Drinks! You need plenty of water if you are breastfeeding. You get thirsty really easy so It's always good to have a bottle of water by your side. You may not be able to get off that sofa for a while! A tip I used as I wasn't very good at drinking water was to fill a large bottle of water and make sure I'd drink it everyday. Powerade is also good for bf.
5. Plenty of snacks! I'd find myself starving to the point my belly would be rumbling and I'd feel sick. I realised I wasn't eating enough. I needed to be eating for two as they say whilst you're pregnant, it still counts if you are breastfeeding. I think I ate a large packet of cookied EVERYDAY (not forgetting all the other crap) but I needed it. You won't put on any weight as you burn roughly 500 calories a day bf!
6. Go Shopping...Go on you know you want too! Okay, so this didn't happen for me for quiet some time. But once I was able to get up and move and we have bought a baby carrier I'd go out and put Amelia in the Baby Bjorn. What a perfect solution to feeling like you're feeding all the time...but to go shopping and have your baby feeding at the same time. No one knows whats going on in there...only you, and you can find some new outfits for yourself or your new baby (as you'd much rather buy them stuff now anyways). If you really don't feel like going out then duh duh duh... there's always online shopping too available 24/7 woohoo!
7. Sleep! Yes it's totally okay to sleep and feed at the same time. I was taught properly how to at the hospital by the midwifes. There is also a lot of info online about how to feed also. I however didn't start doing this until around 2-3 week postpartum. No wonder I was so tired! But once I started this, I felt so much better! I was actually able to get 1-2 hours sleep a night! That was a lot for me! I would lay down on the bed and have her feeding next to me. So much better than sitting up holding her all night on my chest. What was I thinking??
8. Finally, one of my favourite and the easiest things to do whilst bf is to gaze at my baby. They grow so fast and are so precious that its hard not to stare at her all day long. Make the most of it now whilst they are newborns. Once they get older then get distracted, start biting, pulling your nipples, hitting you in the face and scratching you...TRUST ME!
What do you do whilst breastfeeding?