8 things to do while breastfeeding (and immobile)

You’re feeding your baby. Again.

You’re also immobile. Stuck under their chubby body and hot, pink cheeks. Of course you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else (except maybe on a beach in the Carribbean…), so it doesn’t make you a bad mother to admit that sometimes your mind can wander…

But don’t worry – we’re here to help! Here’s a list of some things to do while breastfeeding your baby, again, and again, and again…

  1. Reach for the remote

Oh, sorry, just out of reach is it?

Let’s move on.

2. Social media

Who else is going to be around at 2am on a Monday night? In fact on any night. Or day. That’s one great thing about social media – there’s ALWAYS someone there.

“When I was breastfeeding my first child she would wake up to feed every two hours during the night. I was exhausted, worried, and often lonely too. Those middle of the night feeds can make you can feel like you’re the only person awake on earth. However a quick check in to a Facebook group or on Twitter showed me that there were lots of us out there looking for a friend at 4 o’clock in the morning!’ – Kate, mum of three.

3. Knit

One of our members decided to take up knitting again, even though she hadn’t picked up a ball of wool since primary school. Once she figured out how to cast on, she was off. The only problem was stopping.

“I didn’t know how to stop so I just kept going. It was a very nice scarf, if you happened to be a twelve foot giant…”  – Aoife, mum of three.

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4. A good book

War and Peace. The Hunger Games. The Naked Lunch. Oliver Twist. The Big Sleep. Eat, Pray, Love.  A Moveable Feast.  Stop us, please.

5. Drink

No, not that kind (unfortunately). Don’t forget to have glasses of water dotted around the house, or at least in your favourite seats. Once you sit down, it’s almost always too late.

6. Shout instructions

If you’re lucky enough to have a responsible grown up about, then you can spend your time shouting out all the things they should be doing.

If you’re even luckier and have an irresponsible child running amock, then you can spend your time shouting out all the things they shouldn’t be doing.

7. Go shopping

Hit the sales in your pyjamas. Is there anything better than buying shiny new things while you lounge about in milk stained loungewear?

8. Count your blessings

Maybe you don’t need any of these distractions though. You can always just sit back and watch that beautiful human you created, nestling into their favourite place on earth.

Not such a bad way to spend your time after all.


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Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.


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Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.