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4 Moms Discuss Nursing Babies

 

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:

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.

Now, be sure to see what the rest of my 4 Moms team has to say about getting things done while nursing a baby.

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Comments

  1. Loving these posts! Giving me good ideas and reminding me of survival skills with new little ones! :D Thank you to ALL of the 4 Moms for writing these! I’m enjoying every single one of them for the unique perspective they give me!

  2. And this too shall pass. I’m starting to wean baby #8. It’s hard to believe the years are almost done.
    –Gena (ichoosejoy.org)

  3. Notweary says:

    “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.”

    Oh, you put things SO well! I love reading your posts! I love your priorities, and your humor!

  4. Connie, I LOVE the new look here! Fabulous!!! :-)
    Feed the people. Amen.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    My time nursing has become almost like a family gathering…whether I want them there or not the older 3 (2, 4 and 10) come and hang out…and my husband as well when he’s home. We talk. We sing. The kids sing and dance. I’m not sure how it all came about. My theory is everything else can wait. I pick up the living room and tidy the kitchen after the kids are down for the night. I wash clothes as necessary but only fold after I’ve done a few loads. My oldest folds all towels and and some of the little clothes. She also puts clothes away. I nurse before I start dinner, in the car before I go into a store while the others are still buckled in (because a 2 yo on the loose when your reaction time is off is never good). I think you learn a pattern that works. I didn’t nurse my first 2 and hadn’t known anyone that had ever nursed so I think you have to plot your own course. I never mastered the sling thing.

  6. LOVE the new look!

    Memorizing your list: Feed, clothe, talk nice.

    Never had luck with nursing in a sling. I am getting used to my house never being clean longer than 30 seconds. I am hopeful that will improve when this last one weans.

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