Nursing your baby is a special time: it’s wonderful to just sit and marvel at your baby, stare into her eyes and listen to the happy suckling sounds.

But it can also be time-consuming and painful. Last year, one mom’s viral Instagram post estimated that she spent more than 1,800 hours breastfeeding over the course of a year. And between cluster feedings, sore and cracked nipples, blocked ducts, infections and squirmy or reluctant eaters, it takes seriously strong will to keep going.

That’s why it’s so important to be comfortable while nursing — put your feet up, fill your water bottle, get some snacks and pull up your favorite streaming service. Yes, I’m talking about #Netflixandnurse.

I’m not exaggerating when I say online streaming services have been lifesavers during many late-night, prolonged and/or frequent feedings with my daughter. When you’ve been in the nursing chair for a million hours and you need another reason to keep going, it’s nice to have the distraction of Ross and Rachel. The same goes for pumping – when I find myself stressing about output, I pull up a show to help relax.

Here’s what makes a good nursing show, in my opinion:

  • Several seasons, so you can keep watching it for awhile.
  • Easy to follow at low volume. Around the time my daughter turned five months, she got super distractible and we practically had to turn the nursery into a sensory deprivation chamber. I love “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but it was hard to follow the musical numbers with the volume almost muted.
  • …And on low sleep. Similarly, you don’t want a plot so complicated that your hormonal, sleep-deprived brain can’t track the twists and turns. This might mean re-watching old faves, which can be comforting anyway.
  • Relatable. For me, the most enjoyable shows were ones about families, or with characters in similar life situations. When I tried to re-watch “Gossip Girl,” I just found myself thinking, “Where are their parents? These kids are not making good decisions!”
  • Clean. I couldn’t handle watching gore, violence or a lot of cursing with my precious babe in my arms, even though she would have no idea what was on the screen.

So, with those qualifications in mind, here are my top five favorite shows to stream while nursing…

Gilmore Girls

  • Seasons/Episodes: 8 seasons, 157 one-hour episodes (including revival)
  • Where to watch: Netflix
  • Why to watch: Coffee, family, friendship, a young Milo Ventimiglia – this show really has everything. Whether you were close to your own mom, like Lorelai and Rory, or a little estranged, like Lorelai and her parents, you’ll find someone to relate to. (And if eight seasons leaves you wanting more, head over to Hulu and Amazon and check out “Bunheads” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the next shows helmed by GG creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.)


  • Seasons/Episodes: 10 seasons, 236 half-hour episodes
  • Where to watch: Netflix
  • Why watch it: I mean, does it really get any better than watching Ross flip out about the missing Moist Maker sandwich? This show is a classic for a reason, and still makes me laugh after 24 years (yes, it premiered that long ago).

How I Met Your Mother

  • Seasons/Episodes: 9 seasons, 208 half-hour episodes
  • Where to watch: Hulu
  • Why you should watch it: I admit, I spent the last four years on a HIMYM strike after the mediocre series finale. But I recently gave it another chance and loved the perfect balance of humor and heart that accompany Ted’s (lengthy) storytelling.

The Mindy Project

  • Seasons/Episodes: 6 seasons, 117 half-hour episodes
  • Where to watch: Hulu
  • Why you should watch it: Mindy Kaling navigates work, love, friendship and (spoiler alert?) motherhood how only she can – in a stellar wardrobe, with incredible wit, and a bear claw in hand.

Jane the Virgin

  • Seasons/Episodes: 4 seasons, 81 one-hour episodes (plus the promise of season 5 this fall)
  • Where to watch: Netflix/
  • Why you should watch it: “When he opens his mouth, will you stuff my boob in it like it’s a hamburger?” That’s just one of the uber-relatable lines from this telenovela-inspired dramedy. You’ll laugh, nod and cry watching Jane (the fantastic Gina Rodriguez) tackle new motherhood, from leaking milk to co-parenting to obsessing over milestones.

Honorable mentions go to beloved half-hour comedies The Office30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. In truth, I’ve watched more than five series during my 11 months of breastfeeding, but these are my absolute favorites.

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