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.’
Experiencing some issues establishing breastfeeding? We’ve got a whole range of products to make life that little bit easier.
We love the LaVie range of products here at Milkbar. Designed in collaboration with breastfeeding experts, the LaVie range of products were created to help make your breastfeeding journey that little bit easier.
Many mamas may be familiar with the original LaVie Lactation massager, that nifty tool that uses gentle vibration to stimulate milk flow and break down blocks and sore spots but the LaVie range doesn't actually stop there! There are two other products that can be super handy for the breastfeeding and pumping mum.
Let's take a look at the range to help work out which one might suit you best.
There are many reasons why a mama may sometimes need to supplement her baby with expressed breast milk or formula.
While giving this little bit extra via a bottle is usually what we think of first, a Supplemental Nursing System or SNS can be a super handy option for supplementing mamas who want to avoid nipple confusion and keep baby at the breast full time.