Keeping busy during the night feeds

Welcome back!

I thought I'd make a post about some of the things that I used to do that kept me going during those night feeds with Edith. 



Exhaustion

So far, from my experience, the first few days with a newborn are hard, which I'm sure I've probably mentioned before. If you're a parent, you'll obviously know what I mean.

Everyone tells you to sleep when baby sleeps, which can be great advice, except all you want to do is watch your brand new, sleeping baby - well, that's what I wanted to do, anyway. I couldn't help myself. There were, of course, times when I was guilty of having a little nap on the sofa when Max was sat with Edith. 

Daddy got sofa naps too!
Breastfeeding

Night feeds can be long and tiring. They can also be quite lonely, in the sense that I am the only one that can feed Edith.

I often got asked 'why don't you pump so Max can feed?' The truth is, we tried. At the beginning, I know the standard information given to new parents, is to establish the latch before trying a bottle or dummy, but I was in so much pain. I was crying during those feeds because I just didn't feel like I could do it. So, when Edith would then get upset because I was upset, I tried to express. She did not take to the bottle at all - we tried 3 different brands, too. So, that's why I don't pump.

Boredom?

I'm only human. I get bored, too. Especially during those gruelling night feeds, when I could see Max enjoying a blissful sleep next to me - not that I was bitter or anything!

I tried to make the most of the time quiet time that I had though. I began using headphones to listen to podcasts in bed, in the dark. Or I'd check on social media or think of new blog posts. I had to do something that engaged my brain to stop me from getting too drowsy!

Move somewhere else

I used to, and still do, just stay in bed when I feed Edith. However, I know that when you're exhausted, staying in bed when feeding your baby might not always be the safest thing to do. If I was so tired, that I didn't trust myself to not fall asleep with Edith, I would move. I'd get out of bed and sit on a chair at the other end of the bedroom, which seemed to help me wake up quicker. Once Edith was finished, she would be placed back in her Next2Me, and I'd jump back in bed too. 

Are there any tips that you'd suggest to new parents about keeping busy during the night feeds? I'd love to hear!

Thanks, lovelies.

A.x

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