I latch sometimes, but find myself pumping a lot more. This is because I have a toddler who doesn’t breastfeed and who doesn’t care if I need time to breastfeed her brother. Or sees this time as an opportunity to get into EVERYTHING that she shouldn’t. She’s smart like that. I figured I would make a list of the things I like to do when I am bored during my pumping sessions. They usually last 15-20 minutes depending on how engorged I am.
These lists are made from a person who owns the most amazing product available: a pumping bra.
This list is for my pumper peeps who are plugged into a wall and do not have free reign to move wherever they want:
- Download the words with friends app.
- Download the scramble with friends app. (My personal favorite game!!)
- Get a Vine account and enjoy all the neat video clips- make some of your own too! This is a new discovery for me and I have already wasted hours of my life on it in 2 days.
- Tetris. (I’ve seriously played tetris the entire 20 minutes I’ve pumped before)
- Facebook. DUH.
- Paint your nails – just enough time to dry without causing pesky dings.
If you have a fancy freestyle pump that allows you to walk around while pumping:
*Keep in mind, even if you do have a freestyle pump that allows you to “do things”, you can’t bend over, all of your milk will dump out into the floor. Lets be real ladies, WE DO CRY OVER SPILLED MILK.
- Do your makeup if you’re about to head out. (this can also be done with the plug in pump if you take your makeup and mirror to your pump location!)
- Wash all those dirty bottles in your sink. (but don’t bend too far over- keep an eye on how full your bottles are!!)
- Fold a load of clean clothes.
- Style your hair.
- Brush your teeth.
- Pump on your drive somewhere. You read that right. I will set up my freestyle pump in the car right before I leave home. I have a great pump holder bra so “look ma, no hands!!!” Then I put a cover over my front so nobody can see I’m pumping, press start, and hit the road! When you are around 20 minutes into your ride, make a pit stop at a closed business or empty gas station and remove the equipment , celebrate your tall glasses of baby milk, and drive on! Use discretion of course. Not everyone has the ability to pump and drive safely. I put my buckle on before I hook up the tubing so I’m safely restrained. (obligatory safety disclaimer: BirminghamBell is not responsible for any injuries obtained by readers who attempt to pump and drive)
Anymore suggestions would be appreciated!