The first time around didn’t work very well. At all. Undiagnosed tongue and lip ties. Shredded nipples. A persistent staph infection. Pain on top of pain. Couple that with a mama who knew NOTHING about what breastfeeding was actually all about (‘Doesn’t it just happen?’) and it was not smooth sailing. While we limped to 7 months, it was a huge learning curve and one which ended up informing my next two breastfeeding experiences.
Second (and third) time around? I KNEW stuff. I knew that breastfeeding, especially in the early days, wasn’t easy. It was exhausting. And anxiety provoking. Painful at times. Did I mention exhausting? The biggest difference though? I clung on to the knowledge that ‘this too shall pass.’ I understood that establishing breastfeeding took time and support. For some women, it just clicks from Day One. I was not one of those women. Not the first time, second time, or third time. But I had experience on my side.
Breastfeeding, the second (and third) time around can be very different. This is what I discovered.
Everyone will have a different breastfeeding journey. What’s safe to say is that it’ll often unfold in ways you never expected or anticipated. I had never planned on feeding my second child until she was almost 3. I never dreamed I’d have a bub who completely refused a bottle and woke through the night for close to two years. Now, 17 months in to feeding my third, I’m still learning all the time.
The best advice I was ever given? Expect the unexpected. And always remember that ‘this too shall pass.’
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