I have no idea what moms did while breastfeeding before the advent of smart phones. I'm sure there are sanctimommies out there who insist that they only ever gaze into their baby's eyes while breastfeeding, but on the list of things that make breastfeeding easier, we all know that phones are at the top. There are only so many activities one can participate in with partial use of a hand, the inability to move, and the desire to avoid distractions for the little one you are feeding. And I hate reality TV (I know I'm in the minority here).
In the beginning, babies take forever to breastfeed. Their little mouths are still getting used to sucking the right way, and so a 45-minute run to feed your newborn isn’t unheard of, I’m sorry to say. And when they cluster feed, all bets are off...for hours. The smart phone has revolutionized how mothers can spend their time while feeding their newborns. Whether it’s cruising social media, replying to emails, posting #brelfies, online shopping, or reading an ebook, most women I know can’t imagine spending the countless hours per week breastfeeding without the welcome distraction of their phone.
And yet, it’s happened to all of us: We’ve all settled in and started to feed our baby, only to realize that our phone is…elsewhere. This elicits a cascade of distinct emotions that have been listed here, so you’re able to recognize and work through them.