Creative things to do while breastfeeding. Or, how to cope with nursing if you are a crafter!

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Hello darlings!

Apart from the usual challenges breastfeeding on demand has, for creative people like myself one of the most difficult things was doing nothing other than nursing. We practice gentle parenting and attachment parenting too so, Natalia has been breast-sleeping since she was born. 

Taking the time to connect with your baby while nursing is really important. But if your baby is latched on for hours and hours you need to take care of yourself too. And by that I don't mean having someone cook your meals and help you eat them - though that's really really really important too (thanks Nick!!!!). I mean taking care of you by doing things you enjoy doing. Being a mom is an awesome job but you still get to be yourself too!

You know how passionate of a crafter I am. Well, imagine a person like me who is used to always making something with her hands, having to lay still with a baby on her boob for almost 24/7. Yep, it was hard until I found my grove and made it work. So, here are my two cents about creative things to do while nursing.

First thing's first. You need some things to help you remain creative while nursing. Here's what I think is essential. Please read and research and find a way to use my suggestions to your own and your baby's comfort and safety.

Get a nursing pillow
I can't stress this enough! I swear by them! This pillow literally kept me sane throughout the first few months because it gave something I needed like air! It kept me hands free! Natalia was too small to put on our baby carrier and that was literally the only time she was off my hands.

 
I would but Natalia on the boob and get the pillow around my waist under my breast. She would lay on top of the pillow so she would be under the breast and snuggle close to me and latch on. I would then have free hands to eat/crochet/read a book or browse through my phone or laptop.

Please note that you don't have to buy a special breastfeeding pillow if you choose to. You can use any pillow that works for you. Please research and read all the safety precautions associated with using a breastfeeding pillow with your little one. If at any time you find that there might be problems in breastfeeding associated with the pillow then please don't use it. Being hands free is not worth jeopardizing your baby's food and comfort.

Get a baby carrier
Actually you will need this regardless of being crafty or not.

   
Wearing you kid is one of the best thing you can do for both of you. Like the nursing pillow is essential on getting you hands-free and in the case of the carrier, you will be able to move around too.


Get a good husband
Well, to be honest, if you don't have one by now, it would be a bit difficult to find one now, lol!



Having one of those though would help tremendously to keep you sane and crafty too! He can help with cooking and chores around the house, take turns snuggling with the little one and when they are older, giving you a free evening to do things you can't do with a kid on your boob. They are all around useful these ones :)

Get an e-reader or tablet
You can read a craft book and take notes on all the things you want to make and do when you find the time. But, having a tablet or a smart phone can make you go one step more. You could read and watch videos of an online craft course! Cool right? You can even make a small stand for your phone to sit on the close by table, watch a pattern on YouTube and crochet at the same time!


Please take care to use your phone and tablet in airplane mode when it's close to the baby to avoid potential dangers from the radiation.

Get a lot of craft supplies
Chances are you wont be able to do some of the things you did before having your baby, at least for the first couple of months. So why don't you take the money you are going to save from your shopping/outings etc and get yourself a few supplies for the things you can do while nursing. And by supplies I mean yarn. Get a lot of yarn!!!


Creative things to do while nursing your baby.
So let's get to the good stuff!
If you are like me you like to do all sorts of crafts. Paint, recycle, re-purpose, origami, crochet, knit, you name it! There are many things you can still do while breastfeeding but there are some you should leave for when you are sans kid. Like painting and up-cycling a cabinet you found at the trash. That's a no - no, lol!

What you can do though is crochet! So get a lot of yarn and new sparkling hooks and start making your little one some toys and clothes. You will spent your time creatively and still be able to make something for your little one. I made a couple of blankets, a hat and countless amigurumi while nursing Natalia. And guess what? At 21 months old, I still do!



Please be careful with your hooks, scissors and yarn needle when you are near your baby. When they are small they are mostly still but give them a few months and they will move around! Better leave the cutting part for when you are alone just to be extra safe.

You can also knit if you find you can handle the needles with safety and ease around the baby. I am not really font of it and I didn't try it with Natalia. I did however crochet with a tynician hook and it was all right.


You can also do many paper crafts that don't involve the use of glue, like origami. I've seen darling paper mobiles made with origami animals. Why not try something like that?


Taking the right precautions to ensure your kid's safety you can even embroider while you nurse. There are many cute patterns out there for embroidering your kids decorative pillows or sheets and towels. It doesn't need much time and the result is very fulfilling!

Another thing you can do is not so much a craft but it sure is creative: organize your kids photos. Trust me on this one, you'll never have time to do it and they get to be thousands and thousands of gummy smiles and chubby hands in your phone and memory card. Doing a little bit each day will save you tons of time!

I did all those things and I still do when I feed Natalia. In my opinion I do it for both of us. I love the fact that I can nurse her and give her all the nutrients and comfort she needs while at the same time I keep myself sane as a hyperactive person and crafter.
If you have any suggestions or creative things you did while you nursed I would love to hear them and update this post!


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41 comments

  1. I enjoyed reading your post specially where you said "Get a good husband". I will keep this thing in mind and because I am not married yet, this is a great time to start finding a good husband. Any tips for that?

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  2. Eeeeek I’m pregnant at the moment, the best post! I really love the idea of carrying the baby rather than a pushchair, although I bet it’s not always that simple! I have it all to come!

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  3. The knitting thing is cool. Never would think to do something else while breastfeeding

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  4. Such a great post, I do love the GET A GOOD HUSBAND and I thank God I do have and also I like the knitting thing.

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  5. Sounds amazing! It's important to do things that would interest you even while you're breastfeeding and I think these are awesome ideas on how to do that.

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  6. Haha I love how get a good husband is on there. I would really struggle to sit or lay still for that long too x

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  7. I admire you, you know that! Breastfeeding and crafts and especially crochet? You are my idol! To be honest, Iwas that much afraid when I was breastfeeding my both kids, not to disturb them etc, so I did only a few things from your list, like the baby carrier!

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  8. I think it is crucial to do things that relax you while breastfeeding. I liked to read and/or listen to audiobooks while I breastfed.

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  9. It's really nice to give moms something to do while they breastfeed their babies. These are lovely suggestions as well.

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  10. I think it is always best to keep yourself occupied when breastfeeding. I loved to read and draw and did that when breastfeeding.

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  11. This is a great read. I used to watch tv whilst breastfeeding as it takes sooooo long and it's nice to have something else t distract you. Plus you can catch up on programmes you have missed.

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  12. You are a goddess for breastfeeding this long!

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  13. Aha, and if you can't find yourself a partner, a nursing pillow and baby carrier sounds like the next best thing am I right? Or alternatively you could just sing to yourself to give you some entertainment.

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  14. I love your ideas! I would try to read while breastfeeding. Or I'd just catch up on TV programs.

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  15. I love to make origami and to crochet as well. It's such a great way to spend the time. I would like to see what toys you made. I'm thinking of making a food series.

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  16. This is so true it's a great time to do something because they feed so much!

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  17. I didn't breastfeed, but I did have a good husband that would do the late night feedings so I could get some sleep.

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  18. This is a great list many of them I never thought to do while breastfeeding. When I was breastfeeding I would just talk to them or sing to them. But mine weren't attached 24/7 either... They always unlatched when they were done, so I was able to get other things done around the house 🌞

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  19. Cool post! when the time comes around I will keep this in mind

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  20. When the time comes around I'll have to keep this in mind. I can only imagine that it would take some practice to be able to breastfeed and do crafts all at the same time.

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  21. Well this is good to keep in mind for the future since this is not in my horizon at all. i do know from friends who have kids it does take time and practice.

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  22. get a good husband xd love it! great tips as well.

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  23. A nursing pillow allowed me to do a lot of things when I was nursing. I didn't try the other suggestions but wish now I had.

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  24. Those are some really great things to do while breastfeeding. I guess I never really thought about crafting while doing that!

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  25. Wonderful tips. I do not have any kids yet, but I will definitely come back to this post to read when we have babies and I do start to breastfeed.

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  26. I love this idea! I like to keep busy, and this is a great way to maximize time as a new mom while keeping creative.

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  27. Good post..:-) as a dad I know how tough its for moms during this phase to manage things ......Thanks it brings my memories of my little one when she was kiddo and her antiques.

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  28. I agree, if you have a good husband and he is supportive, you would not feel more stress. I love your tips!

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  29. Great post that is handy for any new mommies. I dont have kids but my friends do and I know how important a great partner is for support and a helping hand. They also definitely use their tablets while they breastfeed.

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  30. Haha! I have to start looking fo good husband now to help me in the future. Thanks for the tips!

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  31. These are such fun ideas! Definitely need ways to keep busy!

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  32. Sounds like fun! I'm not much crafty ( though I like craft stuff ), so I enjoyed the laptop suggestion the most.

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  33. We always called those nursing pillows boppy pillows. And my daughter still loves hers even 12 years later. It was such an invaluable thing to have.

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  34. I guess breastfeeding time gets you more creative. I live paper folding. But sadly, when I was still breastfeeding my little one, I had so many things to do that I was not able to indulge my creative side. Pfft.

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  35. Such a great idea. Wish I’d known about these!

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  36. We have stopped feeding now, but some fab ideas in here.

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  37. get a good pump and nipple cream too!

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  38. Great tips! It can be hard to figure out how to stay entertained while nursing.

    Thanks for joining #WanderingWednesday! :)

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  39. great idea. I loved the box with the yarn and the holes....genius! mind you, I have a 3 year old a 1 year old and one on the way....I think my hands are going to be pretty full already! :-) perfect for 1st time mums though!

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  40. The e-reader and/or tablet sounds like a great idea. I use one of those pillows when I fly!

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  41. This was such a pleasure to read. Wish they had e-readers back in the day when I had my little ones that are now adults. Then I used to drift off and fall asleep with them. But I could have been enjoying a book or even getting some knowledge.

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