There is nothing shameful about describing your personality as Type A. I freely cop to it and don’t try to hide my penchant for cleared countertops and made beds and carefully crafted plans. Of course, I had to loosen some standards when I started having kids. There just isn’t enough time in the day to wipe off all the smudge marks, nor does that sort of effort have the same reward it once did (mostly because a fingerprint-free mirror lasts all of one second with two children under nine). Still, the borderline neurotic in me remains as I stumble my way through the various stages of parenthood. We may not heed that voice, but there are certain things all Type A people think while breastfeeding.
There is the obvious stuff of course; keeping all the parts of our breast pump (for those who use one) sterile and stored in a clean place and changing the breastfeeding pillow cover regularly is fairly standard practice (though I do admit to letting that task slide when nursing my second kid). Then there are the less logical thoughts people like me — who value predictability, organization, and high levels of competence — entertain while we’re sitting there, every two or three hours, breastfeeding our bottomless pit of a baby.
If you choose and you're able to breastfeed, you'll spend a lot of time nursing and, in turn, a lot of time conjuring up a lot of sometimes awkward, sometimes helpful, often ridiculous thoughts. For those who wear the Type A label proudly (or even secretively), here are some things moms like us think while breastfeeding: