This week we have a set of questions related to getting things done while breastfeeding. Here is another Q&A we did on the topic of breastfeeding.
How do you nurse and get everything else done around the home without having older children or family around to help?
I have 4 teens in the house now plus a few younger ones who are able and eager to help, but I do occasionally find myself with just a baby or two and no helpers. Of course many moons ago, this was the standard description of my day!
When I find myself in that situation, I have to force myself to prioritize and do what I can, letting go of the guilt and stress over what I cannot fit into my day. This might mean Perry and the older children come home to a messy house and a one-course dinner, and we do laundry after the dishes are done. In the old days, it meant that I rushed through housework during the baby’s naps – or napped when baby did and spent a few hours cleaning up before I went to bed.
If there are toddlers or other children who need attention while I’m nursing the baby, all of us get some training in the process: the baby learns that sometimes nursing is interrupted, and the milk will still be there in 2 minutes. The toddler and preschooler learn that all of the usual rules apply, even when Mommy is nursing the baby. I learn that consistency is more important than ever, or chaos will break loose and every boundary will be tested Every Single Time I Sit Down To Feed The Baby. Dad learns that the household standard of living must relax a little unless he is willing and able to help out a lot.
At the end of the day, we are all a little farther along that road of sanctification.
Do you have a method for nursing and walking around? If so could you describe how?
Not I, though I know many moms do nurse on the go with a good quality carrier. They say it’s not hard with an Ergo, a wrap, or a sling. I never tried to master the skill because I felt it would slow me down too much. I wanted to sit and nurse, then do my work with free hands. With a baby plastered to my front, I was never convinced that empty hands = free hands. I do often move from room to room while nursing, keeping the baby latched as I go. This is helpful when directing and instructing other little ones, as below.
Any other suggestions for multitasking?
A good attention span and well trained toddlers/preschoolers. Even very little ones can be helpful while you are nursing. You can sit in the children’s bedroom to nurse, and direct them as they clean up, item by item. You can read aloud to the other little ones while nursing. You can follow the other little ones from room to room, providing adult supervision so that the house doesn’t catch fire when they decide to cook their own lunch. It all depends on how you define multitasking.
Do you nurse while writing?
Well, the computer chair used to be known as the booby chair. Does that answer your question?
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