The word "mom" is basically just a synonym for "expert multi-tasker." Cooking dinner while nursing baby in a sling? No problem. Making an important business call while comforting a wailing toddler? Been there, done that. But if you want to take your multitasking skills to new heights, try breastfeeding your baby on one side and pumping on the other. It sounds risky, right? Let me tell you, it's not for the faint of heart. No matter your level of multitasking expertise, if you're planning to attempt the impossible, a few hacks for breastfeeding and pumping at the same time will no doubt come in handy.
The reasons moms may pump and nurse simultaneously are many. If you want to try to increase your supply without disrupting your normal nursing schedule, the method may be for you. Similarly, if you're trying to build up a stockpile of expressed milk, it can be a great way to kill two sessions with one stone.
I have — successfully, mind you — pumped and nursed at the same time with both of my daughters and although it takes a bit of planning and deep breathing, with practice and a few hacks any mom can get the hang of this time saving method.