Night feedings are brutal. I breastfeed and have become comfortable just pulling out my boob and feeding my child while laying down in bed. It’s the best way for me, because we both just eventually fall asleep and when she wants to eat again the boob is already out and she has quick access. But not all moms are comfortable with co-sleeping or they are bottle feeding and don’t have the option of pulling out the boob and letting it do its work. If you are bottle feeding, uncomfortable with co-sleeping or need to stay awake for your child’s night feedings for any other reason – here are some tips you can use to keep your eyes open.
Get Netflix, stat. Orange Is The New Black Is Addictive and you will be transfixed and totally awake to feed your baby. Hulu is also awesome. If you start watching Misfits I promise you’ll have hours of entertainment.
2. Get Out of Bed
I remember torturing myself by staying in a dark room, totally exhausted, trying to keep my eyes open to feed my child. Get up. Go somewhere not as comfy as your bed.
3. Torture Your Partner
This one is fun. Maybe you don’t want to get out of bed, but you really need to stay awake. Start telling your partner a nonsense story. My favorite is talking about how much better of a character Miss Piggy used to be when we were kids. That can easily lead into a good 10 minute rant about what pop culture is doing to my body image.
4. Learn A Language
I always say, God I wish I had time to learn a new language. Bookmark a good, free language learning site like LiveMocha. You are now sustaining the life of a child and becoming bi-lingual. You are superwoman.
5. Read Something
They have these convenient little book clips that you can use to keep a book propped open and readable. I recommend something suspenseful and easy – you know, like Dan Brown or something.
Facebook is a time suck. You don’t have to feel as guilty about wasting your time on this site when you are trying to stay awake to feed your child. Win, win.
Same idea as Facebook, but the140 character musings are even easier to absorb in the middle of the night. I suggest you start to follow some funny people who will keep you amused while you ponder whether you will ever get a full-nights sleep again.
8. Remember Your Friends In Different Time Zones
Sometimes I would wake up at 1am for a feeding and realize I hadn’t spoken to my friends in California for a while. Perfect. Do you have any friends in different time zones? Pick up the phone.