Take advantage of the moment
Nursing time is indeed a time of bonding, a moment that you share specially with your baby, only the two of you. But, sometimes you might feel like you could also be doing something else (mind you we all know feeding our baby is very important though!) and walking around with baby attached to your breast is discouraged! Here’s a few ideas of how to take advantage of the moment.
Note: all the ideas below have been tested by me and are based on my experience using the services and products mentioned. If you need more information about any please contact me or leave a message below and I’ll answer within 48 hours.
Learn a new language
Breastfeeding time is not only a quiet time to just nurse your baby it is also a time when you can do other things that doesn’t require two hands. It’s a time when you can study per example a new language! If you have a smart phone or an iPad (or similar) you have access to limitless sources of information, there’re many apps out there that can teach you any language you want at a touch of a button.
One of these apps is called Duolingo, it’s to my humble opinion to be the best so far, and the good news is it’s free! It’s user-friendly and you can learn at your pace, it’s available for Ios, Android and Windows Phone.
The design is simple and might be a bit childish but it looks very nice and neat. It works like if it was a game with a scoring system where you are rewarded with points which you use to unlock levels. Lessons are bite sized and I think they encourage you to do a daily lesson for 5 minutes. You have nothing to lose by trying it, it’s quite fun and many times I would be longer than the recommended five minutes!
With the power of internet we have courses to learn from at the reach of our hand. No more wasting time commuting and trying to find a reliable babysitter or friend or family member to take care of our children few evenings a week (unless you want to).
Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs, normally are very flexible and you can study at your own pace, some platforms like Alison even offer free courses!
Another one I’ve used also and it’s great is called Coursera, which offers courses from prestigious universities around the world. There’re many courses of all areas of study to satisfy your inner scientist, or maybe curious about social movements? The fee for each course are normally affordable and they provide also a certificate (for a small fee) after you pass the assessments and final exam.
And last but not least, Shawacademy.com is a user-friendly platform with an array of certified courses and Diplomas, they are still growing in terms of expanding their repertoire and popularity. Their Diplomas, normally an EQF level 5 (in the UK) are regulated by the European Qualifications Framework. The lessons are normally live on two set evenings during week days, but you can view the video of the lesson anytime from the day after it was recorded. The advantage of going live is that you can ask questions to the teacher on that lesson. I’ve done one Diploma and enrolled in another one, so far I can say I’m happy and I’ve learned a lot from each course.
Make a puzzle/jigsaw
If you enjoy making puzzles then it could be a great moment to make one, as you don’t need both hands. It’s a quiet and calming pastime and hobby. Just make sure to not to get too focused only on the puzzle and to check baby often (leaks, possets, etc).
There’re many sizes and styles of puzzles that I cannot recommend any shop in particular, though they sell many on Amazon or just search on the internet for ones with free delivery.
I particularly like those that are whimsical and fantasy, and I like framing them once I’ve finished them so I can put them up for decoration. They were pretty much a common Christmas gift when I was a child and once I ended up with three in the same holiday!
Write a diary
Even though we’ll never forget our first sight of baby on the scan, the first time you met and how beautiful and how light yet so precious she was. We’ll remember many things but not all things, and it could be a great idea to write down few things that happened every day.
I know, writing with one hand could be a bit hard and uncomfortable. Fret not! Remember your smartphone or iPad? It could already have an app installed that could lend you a hand (no pun intended) by converting voice into text! You’ll just have to press a button and say anything or dictate near the microphone and the app with write down what you say.
IPhone has already this option integrated to it, I’m not sure on Android phones but if you text “voice to text app” into google search you’ll find many websites talking about them.
There’s plenty more things you could do that won’t interrupt much your breastfeeding session, like I would sometimes trim my baby’s nails, he won’t let me do them if he’s not distracted enough! So I bought an Electric Nail file (I’m scared to clip my baby’s skin or finger by accident as he moves too much!) which is not expensive and it’s worth the money. I would file his nails when I’m feeding him and he just stares but lets me do it.
I’ve heard other mothers meditate too as it’s a quiet and peaceful time for them, I don’t dare doing that as many times in the past I’ve attempted meditation and failed, I would just fall asleep and even snore!
If you have any ideas or you want to share what you do while you breastfeed please comment below!
With light and joy,