The Short Answer: It Is Possible
Sure, you can breastfeed your infant newborn with one hand while doing something else with the other. That “something else” may be a “Work From Home” or “WFH” job that doesn’t require you to do anything but click the right things at the right time. If you’re typing, it’ll be hard to breastfeed simultaneously.
Certainly, this is a bit of an extreme, or at minimum niche, situation. Most mothers will want to separate their occupational duties from their maternal ones, even if both sets of duties require work during a single day. However, it’s within the realm of possibility.
What tends to make more sense is learning your baby’s hunger schedule, and working with that until the child matures. Still, if you can’t quite obtain a perfect latch, that can make things difficult. A newborn needs to be breastfed 8 to 12 times daily; that reduces by about 25% after a month. If it takes you 5 minutes to get a latch, that’s 40 to 60 minutes lost a day.
If your time as a professional woman is worth $100 an hour, you’re looking up to $2k a month over 20 working days, or $2.8k to $3.1k if that average extends past the weekend. Little issues have big consequences in the professional realm. So how do you overcome this? Consider the following tips.
- Pump in Advance
The baby’s hunger pangs will direct feedings for a time, but this need not be perpetual. Keep pumping breasts when your new son or daughter has drunk their fill, and they will produce more milk.
You can save that milk and warm it to the baby’s taste, allowing you to pacify your newborn with a warm bottle rather than formula. Accordingly, you’ll be able to be nurturing and preserve the time you need for a Work From Home (WFH) job.
- Work With Experts to Enhance Latching
It’s best to have physical contact with your child when you feed them for a few months, or even years, right after birth. You may not always have time, and getting a good latch can be hard. If you’re experiencing nipple pain, it could have to do with your latch position; consider these breastfeeding positions for babies as a way to overcome that.
- Get in the Habit of Hourly Expression During Nursing
Pumping breasts hourly will train your body to produce more milk. You can bottle more than enough. It’ll keep for a week in the fridge or a year in the freezer; but don’t overdo it. Breastfeeding is healthiest up to two years, weaning is recommendable after.
Finding The Balance Between Being a Mom and a Breadwinner
Hourly expression increases breastmilk production, experts help you get a better latch, pumping in advance assures there’s always milk available. Altogether these things help you maximize time so you’re an effective worker and mother simultaneously. There’s a learning curve for the perfect work-life balance, but you can do it.