How to Make Money While Breastfeeding

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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!


make money while breastfeeding

1. Start Your Own Blog

started my blog from scratch on my iPhone while nursing my daughter—and made it profitable within a few months.

How much money am I making, you ask? I share a detailed blogging income report each month that shows exactly how I make money blogging. In October 2017 I made over $2,000 from my blog

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. 😉

You can learn how to start your own money-making blog here.


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:

  1. Set up a free Maven account here.

  2. Complete your Maven profile.

  3. Create Maven boards. (Just start with a few—you can always add more later!)

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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! 🙂



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  • Reply Jamie

    This is such a great idea. Breastfeeding can be such a great bonding experience but sometimes it’s downright boring, amiright? I’ve never heard of Maven so I’m going to check that out! Great post!

    September 8, 2017 at 2:28 am
    • Reply Kaity

      It’s so true. And honestly, having something else to focus on helped me meet my breastfeeding goals with both of my kids—so win, win! Maven is so great—definitely recommend checking it out! 🙂

      September 8, 2017 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks

    This is a really great idea! I know I’m dating myself a bit, but while social media was around when I was breastfeeding my kiddos once upon a time, I wasn’t on it yet…I spent the time reading through all those free parenting magazine subscriptions I’d signed myself up for 🙂

    September 8, 2017 at 3:10 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Reading free parenting advice is a GREAT breastfeeding activity, too! It’s actually the perfect time for stuff like that. When your little one is calmly latched on, of course. 😉

      September 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply The Salty Mamas

    I did soooooo many surveys during late night nursing sessions with my son. It’s amazing how quickly those small amounts can add up!

    September 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      So true!!

      September 9, 2017 at 12:15 am
    • Reply Danielle park

      What sites do you use and is it worth it?

      September 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Jasmine

    I started my b log while breastfeeding my son. its amazing how creative you can get during that time

    September 9, 2017 at 6:41 am
    • Reply Kaity

      I had no idea that you started a blog while breastfeeding, too! It really is a wonderful outlet and it’s amazing how much you can accomplish.

      September 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups

    Such a great idea! I can’t imagine how many surveys I could have completed during a cluster feeding session. I’ll have to get all the survey apps back on my phone and get back into it this fall when my daughter arrives!

    September 9, 2017 at 11:37 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Congrats on your new little one!! Sending good vibes your way for a smooth and healthy delivery for everyone. 🙂 And you definitely should get those apps back—especially during those newborn cluster feeding sessions. 😉

      September 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    These are great ideas for breastfeeding moms! Lots of time to fill. 🙂

    September 9, 2017 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Angie

    These are great ideas for breastfeeding moms! Lots of down time to fill 🙂

    September 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Veronica Mitchell

    Definitely worth a try! I remember reading Kindle books while I was breastfeeding. Wish I knew these back then when I was breastfeeding my youngest, but will definitely share this one! Thanks for sharing!

    September 10, 2017 at 6:30 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Reading is a great way to spend some of that time, too!

      September 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Bernie

    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

    September 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply jakie tran

    currently reading while breastfeeding ??

    September 14, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Niiiiiice! 🙂

      September 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I’ve tried several survey sites and had the most luck with Mint Vine. I actually qualify for a lot of surveys because of being a new mom. It’s one of the few that is worth the time!

    September 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      I haven’t tried Mint Vine—will have to check them out!

      September 19, 2017 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Kailey | The Haphazard Housewife

    Such great ideas!! I’m only 11 weeks into motherhood and there’s only so much Candy Crush I can play! Haha I’ve never heard of Maven so I’ll have to look that up!

    November 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Bahaha! We’ve all been there. 🙂 Definitely look into Maven. It’s pretty fun on it’s own, and the little bit of extra income doesn’t hurt, either. 😉

      November 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Justine Lewry

    Breastfeeding my second child I bought a ton of parenting and marriage books to read through and pass the time. Plus I had my blog to work on. I still have some left so i’m thinking it’s time for a third baby to breastfeed and get through the rest of those books! haha

    April 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Ahhh hahahaha! 🙂 It’s so nice to have something that helps you feel a little bit productive when you’re nursing and/or pumping constantly. Parenting and relationship books are a great idea!

      April 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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