Breastfeeding is an interesting time.
On one hand, you get to stare at your sweet baby. Watching my little ones be nourished and soothed by the same body that birthed them is an experience I will never forget—and one that I will never, ever take for granted.
On the other hand, breastfeeding takes up a lot of time and—if I’m keeping it honest here—there’s only so much time that can be passed by staring at your baby. Or at least that was the case for me.
So how do you use the rest of your time during a nursing session? I’ve tried lots of things such as:
- Binge watching shows on Netflix
- Casually eating way too much of those super addictive trail mixes from Target
- Catching up on some social media stalking (which is at its all time highest during pregnancy and breastfeeding, in my opinion)
- Listening to a new novel on Audible
- Going on a Pinterest pinning spree
It was the last item on that list—Pinterest—which actually lead me to the idea of using some of that extra time to make some extra income for my family.
I’m always really skeptical about “DOING THIS ONE THING WILL MAKE YOU ALL OF THE MONEY” kind of posts, as I’m sure you are, and I know there are a ton of such posts floating around out there. While I could post a gigantic list of ways that you could potentially make money, I’m not going to.
I’ve wasted a lot of my own time trying out ways to make money online that haven’t panned out. The items on this list are things that I’ve personally made income from while breastfeeding. Does that mean that you are guaranteed to make income from them, as well? Of course not. But I can tell you from personal experience that the possibility is there, and I’ve tried to write out as many helpful tips and tricks as I can to help increase your chances of side-hustle success!
1. Start Your Own Blog
How much money am I making, you ask? Right now—enough to help pay a few bills, which for our family is not nothing. I made $205.75 from my blog in July 2017 (my first month of monetizing my blog), $386.22 in August 2017, and my income is continuing to grow steadily. I’ve already more than doubled my income from August 2017 for the month of September 2017, and we aren’t even half way through the month yet.
It took some time and a lot of hard work to get everything set up in the beginning, but now that it’s up and running I’m doing blog-related work for about 10-15 hours a week tops.
I’m working towards turning my blog into a source of true full time income, but for now it works as a nice little part time job that I can do from home with my girls—even if I’m stuck under a side-nursing-addicted one year old. 😉
2. Pin Products on Maven
If you’re a fan of Pinterest, you’re going to love Maven.
Maven lets you “pin” products that you find online to different boards, and when people purchase items from those boards, you earn a commission!
I share my boards on my blog (like my Favorite Nursing Clothes board that I use in a few breastfeeding and pregnancy-related posts), but you can make money from Maven even without being a blogger. Boards can be easily shared with friends and family members via email or your personal social media accounts.
To get started with Maven:
Set up a free Maven account here.
Complete your Maven profile.
Create Maven boards. (Just start with a few—you can always add more later!)
Start pinning! Take a peak at the massive list of retailers that you can earn commission from and have fun searching for items that you love and saving them to your boards.
Share those boards! Friends and family members can browse through the items you’re pinning and shop through your links.
Pro-Tips to Make the Most Out of Maven:
Pin often! This keeps your boards visible on Maven’s homepage, and will help keep your friends and family checking back often to see your new finds.
Use your referral link to sign up your friends! If you have any friends who are trying to make a little extra passive income, suggest that they sign up for Maven. You’ll receive $1 per referral, plus 25% of that referral’s sale earnings for nine months.
Shop your own links! Yep, Maven even pays you a commission if you buy something from one of your own links. Amazing, right?! Essentially like using Ibotta but without having to send in your receipt. 😉
3. Take Online Surveys
If you’re looking for a way to pick up some extra income that isn’t a big time commitment, online surveys are a great option.
I’ve earned a few Target gift cards from taking surveys on Swagbucks—enough to put a little dent in the household purchases and necessary Starbucks treats.
Keep in mind that taking online surveys can be very hit or miss. You’ll only qualify to take certain surveys, and if no surveys are available, it limits your ability to make income. What I’m trying to say is—don’t expect online surveys to lead to a full time salary; they are just a way to make a little bit of easy extra income.
A few survey companies that you can try out are:
Have you made any extra income while breastfeeding? Let me know in the comments! 🙂