I am the queen of multitasking. Seriously. Asking me to put down everything else and simply watch a movie with my family is something I am simply not capable of. I don’t know when I became such a multi-tasker. It could have been during my years in retail managment, or it could have been when I delivered the placenta while cuddling and holding my brand new baby girl. Either way, my life has never been the same.
I used to be SO productive. When my babies were little and I sat on the couch nursing them, with my laptop on my lap and a baby on my belly, I did so much work. I would put them in my baby carrier du jour and nurse them while I did laundry vacuumed the house.
Then those babies grew into toddlers. When my oldest was a toddler I went back to school. I wrote papers and studied for exams while breastfeeding. She was a study prop for my Anatomy & Physiology class. It was like having a real life model. I would hold her and play with her while quizzing myself on her muscles and bones. Now that my second born is a toddler she sometimes lets me know that she is not interested in me multi-tasking while breastfeeding her. I try to listen when she needs me and put down whatever else I was trying to do.
Multitasking is a way of life for me, but I have to be aware of my kids’ needs too. I’m trying to set aside some of my need to be doing 8 things at once and work on focusing on one thing when the girls need me to. Sometimes they just need me to cuddle them up in my lap and show them that they are far more important than any tasks on my list. But sometimes they let me cuddle them and my laptop!
How do you handle multi-tasking and breastfeeding?
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