When I was breastfeeding my newborn son, I don’t remember having a lot of alone time. As he got older and as feedings got further and further apart, I could finally start taking moments to breathe between feedings. Still, there was a while at the beginning when it seemed like those days would never come. On the off-chance a few minutes of alone time were magically available to me, I definitely did the things every breastfeeding mom does when she’s finally alone. Well, I’d like to think every breastfeeding mom does them, otherwise things are about to get real weird.
Of course, it’s crucial to remember that this alone time, however precious, only lasts for a few minutes at any given time. Personally, breastfeeding my newborn was an around-the-clock endeavor, so the windows of time I did have were blissful, glorious, and definitely way to short. You know, kind of like the time I made eye contact with Joseph Gordon-Levitt when he was in my hometown filming 10 Things I Hate About You. Like, as soon as it was over, I was left wanting more (and I also haven’t stopped talking about it).
I suppose everything works out for a reason though, because I’m not sure I would have been trusted to keep my cool whilst making extended eye contact with my “good friend” Gordon-Levitt. As for more alone time, or longer breaks from breastfeeding? In that case, you’d have found me doing the following:
She Wears A Shirt & Enjoys Keeping It On
On a typical day, I don’t normally think about the fact that I’m wearing a shirt. When breastfeeding, on the other hand, it was a constant source of mental energy because I was consistently opening that shirt, closing that shirt, lifting the shirt, unhooking the shirt, or changing the shirt due to leaks, spills, spit-ups, or various other body fluids that it comes in contact with when holding my newborn sideways (no diaper is perfect).
When I’m alone? The list of reasons why I have to care about my shirt goes way, way down, and I’m not complaining.
She Closely Watches The Clock
What’s tricky about alone time when you’re still breastfeeding is that you typically have a countdown going in the back of your mind, waiting until you either need to go feed your baby or pump. It’s not my favorite, but for those looking to feel more festive on an otherwise regular day, I might suggest counting down like New Year’s and having some confetti ready to when your break is over.
Please imagine that I’ve inserted the “raised hand emoji.” Is there, honestly, a single new parent on the face of the planet that doesn’t covet sleep?
When I was in the throes of newborn and breastfeeding life, I was stealing 20-minute naps whenever possible.
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