Breastfeeding and pumping are essential aspects of a mother's journey in providing nourishment to her baby. However, the time spent nursing or pumping can add up, and mothers often find themselves looking for ways to make the most of this time.
Since breastfeeding and pumping are very time consuming activities in a mom's day, we rounded up some things you can read, listen, learn, and more to keep yourself occupied.
30 Things You Can Do While Breastfeeding or Pumping
Instead of viewing breastfeeding or pumping as a time-consuming task, consider it an opportunity to multitask and engage in various activities. Here are some productive and enjoyable things you can do while breastfeeding or pumping.
Listen to Podcasts:
Interesting Learning Distraction:
Play Lists We love:
Read blogs and watch educational videos:
Pumping Tips from our Moms:
- Complete distraction - Try reading something that's been on your list that you've never gotten around to. One of our Dr. Noze Best moms read the entirety of Game of Thrones while pumping because it distracted her from work and worry which helped her relax.
- Yoga or stretching beforehand to focus, center and relax
- Get a heated or heartbeat teddy bear to hold - the physical trigger can be helpful
- Drink lots of hydrating fluids
- Eat - Eating while pumping or breastfeeding is a great way to pass the time
- Make lists – groceries, meal planning, chores, stuff baby needs
- Start a new 30 min series like Workin’ Moms on Netflix
- Make sure to use nipple cream – Lanolin is great!
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Breastfeeding and pumping are essential components of motherhood, and finding ways to make the most of this time can enhance the experience. By incorporating these activities into your breastfeeding or pumping routine, you can turn these moments into opportunities for personal growth, relaxation, and connection. Remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your baby, and finding joy in these moments can contribute to a positive and fulfilling parenting journey.
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