A nursing station isn’t only for the nursing mother…it’s also supportive to other children whether they’re nursing or not. After nursing three while running a daycare I think it’s been tested pretty well.
First thing you need is a comfy spot. Most people go for a rocker….and then end up moving else where. With Tyler and Rhea’s pregnancy we had those deep, overstuffed couches and I’d have to be pulled out of them. Luckily I had my yoga ball and anytime I wasn’t hugging the toilet bowl I was on the ball. I discovered meditation chairs and found the Gaiam Meditation chair when I was 8 or 9 months along with Sunshine. I think they thought I was delivering the way I moaned when I sat in that thing. It.was.GLORIOUS. If you’re pregnant…get one. Ikea has a comfy one but I don’t remember sitting in it when I was pregnant but I do know it’s comfy to sit in and nurse and cheaper. Was really supportive on my back and it’s cheaper.) So get something that’s comfy and lasts from big belly to wishing your big kid could still sit in your lap.
Next you need a side table. (Course now I’d have a mini fridge and freezer combo but I’ll explain that tomorrow.) On top of your table put a lamp…one that’s soft/dimmable. You don’t want to have work by light. You want ‘don’t break your neck stumbling through the house carrying the baby’ light. Now, the key to the whole night time feeding is preparation. If you’re breastfeeding get a HUGE glass, fill it with ice, add water and set it on the side table. Make a sandwich that’s “safe” to set out with the water. Nut butter on a folded slice of bread or hummus and veggies always worked for me. Eat the sandwich and drink your water while nursing. Hydration is the key. The majority of nursing issues stem from dehydration. So as fluid leaves your body…take in fluids. I’ve seen clients do well eating half a sandwich and drinking 8 oz of water or tea per babe.
Now, during the day you’ve other monkeys to entertain. So come back tomorrow for some info about how to involve the kids using and have a calm family…or at least less chaos! By the way…be sure to enter the giveaway below in honor of World Breastfeeding Week which starts Thursday August 1 and runs until the 7th. Good Luck!