Whether you find yourself doomscrolling on Twitter or endlessly perusing Instagram posts, try these five creative ways to occupy your mind while nursing.

By Maressa Brown
November 09, 2020
Advertisement
Credit: Getty Images

It's especially hard not to get glued to the news and social media this year, as plenty of breastfeeding parents can attest. And when you're nursing your baby and are itching to occupy your mind, scrolling through endless posts across platforms might seem like the obvious go-to. But if you'd like an alternative, you're not alone. A parent on Reddit recently asked the community if they could share "some other stationary activities."

Writing under the handle Book_wrm, the original poster (OP) shared, "So many times throughout the day, I find myself mindlessly scrolling through Reddit or watching TV while I'm stuck on the couch breastfeeding my 6-week-old." But the OP said they would like to try something else, and they were met with a variety of interesting suggestions.

1. Try Reading

A Redditor named BreadPudding wrote that they read e-books on their phone, because it's easier to scroll versus turn pages. "You can probably borrow a lot from your local library," they suggested. "I could nurse one-handed but not no-handed, so paper books didn’t work for me."

ChampagneandCupcakes agreed, chiming in, "Seconding e-books! I invested in a Kindle, and it’s been a game-changer."

2. Get Crafty

If the OP could breastfeed hands-free, a Redditor named UnableHorse suggested that they try "knitting, crochet, embroidery, rug punching, etc."

3. Learn Something New

Other suggestions included listening to content versus staring at it mindlessly. A couple of Redditors suggested the OP try audiobooks or podcasts, while another advised trying brain-boosting games like crosswords, Sudoku, and other puzzles.

4. Journal

While time can feel like it's going so slowly, it's also flashing right before your eyes, so you might want to use the moment to preserve heartwarming memories. Busterbluth21 wrote, "Someone once gave me great advice to keep a journal for your baby. You could always jot down things they did that day while feeding."

5. Get Productive—or Not

Writing under the handle witnge, one Redditor advised that the OP try creative, social, and productive activities like coloring one-handed, making video calls to family, taking a nap, or grocery shopping or paying bills online.

But they also encouraged the OP to see it as a moment to be mindful, noting, "Breastfeeding is also a chance to savor a cup of tea or coffee since even if there's stuff to do, I can't do it anyway."

No doubt nursing could very well be a wonderful excuse for quieting your mind. And no matter which of these tips the OP and other breastfeeding parents want to try, they're sure to benefit from an even brief break from the news and social media.

Comments (2)

Anonymous
November 18, 2020
Wooow !!! - This is the biggest thing that has ever happened in my life.Doctor Idemmiri  is a gift from God. He is very good at consolidating homes, raising Business, helping people win elections with the help of his magical power etc. He helped me bring my wife back so that I could almost disappear from the evil eyes of men. He brought my family together and developed me into my business. Is this person an angel from God? He is real… .so you should not underestimate him. Just contact Doctor Idemmiri at +2349070818779  or email him at idemmiri9@gmail.com. If you are in the same condition as I was two months ago. This is true and there are no two ways about it, because he did mine and he will do yours. I strongly believe that he can do all things,first give him a try  Doctor Idemmiri I must say again thank you !!!!!!!
Anonymous
November 16, 2020
Hey pals, this year is so good to me. I am Bimmer Anna from Dallas Texas 1004 Birdview road, I have been married for 6 years without a crying baby in my matrimonial home which made my husband separated me. early this year I saw a testimony about Dr Ogume on how he has helped women get pregnant and bring back lost love with his herbs, so I contacted him and now I'm happy to say Dr ogume made me pregnant and bring back my husband. This call for a big celebration, You can contact Dr Ogume with his contact details which I used in contacting him. Contact email: ogumespiritualtemple@gmail.com Contact WhatsApp: +2348107381533