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Things to do while breastfeeding

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Busy MumOne of the things which I regularly hear about breastfeeding is how it ties you down.

There’s no denying that it does tie you to your child physically, but as childbirth has already irrevocably tied you to your child mentally, that’s a bit of an irrelevance (how many formula feeding mums do you actually know – as in met, had a cup of tea with, didn’t see in the Daily Mail… who are ok with handing a stranger a bottle and heading out to work/ the pub?).

I’m unconvinced that breastfeeding limits you any more than bottle feeding, and as you (theoretically) get more sleep, you might even be up for leaving the house…

After you’ve finally mastered the mysterious latch and your newborn gets the hang of things, you’ll soon find that the process which needed at least 2 pairs of hands and someone else to serve refreshments is so second nature that you can breastfeed onehanded, and may even need some additional entertainment.

So I conferred with the lovely breastfeeding ladies on Facebook and Twitter and here is the MilkChic list of things we have done while breastfeeding. I’d love you to add to it!

  • Twitter, Facebook & e-mails
  • Watching TV
  • Going to the loo
  • Cooking dinner
  • Eating dinner (Or coffee. Or cake)
  • Watched a film at the cinema
  • Sleeping
  • Shopping (on and offline)
  • Dancing at weddings
  • Playing with older kids
  • School runs (walking, not driving obviously!)
  • Hair and makeup
  • Hoovering
  • Being sick (not recommended)
  • Grooming and mucking out horses
  • Donkey riding….

If that wasn’t impressive enough, some of these tasks were performed not just one-handed, but no-handed! Breastfeeding in a sling, or “advanced breastfeeding” (so-called cos I didn’t master it…) makes all sorts of things possible. If you want to give it a try, I am reliably informed that sling choice is important. So far I have been recommended Ergo and Mei Tai slings but there are lots of other options. For a quick guide, this post at Analytical Armadillo explains how breastfeeding works in different slings. I’d love to write a separate post on this, but just don’t have the expertise, so if anyone’s up for a guest post, please get in touch!

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15 thoughts on “Things to do while breastfeeding

  1. I love that you referred to “breastfeeding in a sling” as “advanced breastfeeding.” I’ve had three babies and I never could get the hang of it either. 😉

  2. “how many formula feeding mums do you actually know who are ok with handing a stranger a bottle”

    Perhaps not a stranger, but their husband or their MIL? I thought that was the main ‘perk’ of FFing?

    Love your list btw.

    1. @The Alpha Parent @alphaparent, Lol. Most of the ff mums I know find it just as hard to “waltz off to the pub” as I did despite their lack of physical encumberance … and STILL found themselves doing all the night feeds, so I’m unsure it’s a huge benefit. Mind you, I took my daughter to the pub with me when I was breastfeeding – we popped in on impulse but stayed for hours, and I didn’t have to worry whether I’d brought enough milk for her feeds ;p

      1. @milkchic, The pub is my favourite place to BF 😀

  3. Pushing a cart at the grocery store! My girl, who was sitting in the cart, couldn’t resist pulling down my shirt to latch on. I leaned forward to allow her to rest her head on my chest, and continued to push the cart. Only she and I knew what was really going on.

  4. I’ve been 5 pin bowling while nursing my little girl, not just sitting, but actually tossing the ball down the lane with her latched on. I think m cousin was a little horrified but also impressed. lol.

  5. Eating a salad outside at a restaurant and talking to the waitress about my baby!

  6. Could I add Playing fetch with the dog at the dog park, while excercising & while working a cash register at work!l

    1. @Katie, While working a cash register? Are you your own boss, or can we start awarding medals to most breastfeeding friendly retailer already?

  7. Visiting/touring a museum!

  8. Pushing a stroller at the zoo, no sling or wrap, just me holding my 1 year old and pushing the stroller with my body….my friends were impressed!

    1. @ShellyC, Brilliant! Impressive upper body strength to feed a one year old while walking!

  9. reading a book!

  10. Can I add attending church and singing hymns 😉

    1. @Lakes single mum, Excellent! Will add 🙂

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