My Second Try At Breastfeeding

The Little Man is two weeks old today. The past two weeks have been very difficult: sleepless nights, a toddler trying to grab my attention while I’m taking care of her little brother, loads of year-end work and the challenge of breastfeeding.

When we had The Princess, I was only able to breastfeed her for four days. Due to lack of knowledge about breastfeeding, I gave in to the thought that I had low milk supply; hence, I was starving my little girl. Apparently, our little ones can only store a little milk per feeding, which is why they feed so often. If I knew this before, I would have continued breastfeeding her. With our second child, I decided to give breastfeeding a second try. Although very challenging at first, I have to say that it really is a wonderful bonding experience with my child.

Here are some things I learned from my second try at breastfeeding (from my experience, it can be different for other moms):

  • The first week is the most challenging. I experienced breast engorgement and had sore nipples at the end of the week. And since both The Little Man and I were still learning the proper latch, breastfeeding was rather painful (I had milk blisters). I was actually crying most of the time and was at the point of giving up.
  • A really good breast pump can be your savior. Daddy A bought me an Avent Single Electric Pump when I started complaining about milk blisters on my left nipple. I let The Little Man breastfeed on my right breast while I pumped milk from my left breast. This allowed the blisters enough time to heal. Now they’re gone and I am able to breastfeed from both breasts without pain!
  • Newborns feed frequently. There are days that The Little Man would feed every hour for thirty (sometimes more) minutes at a time! It was frustrating, especially at night, but I am always told by other breastfeeding moms that it will pass. Well, hopefully it will.
  • It is very important to have support. I get support from other breastfeeding moms and, of course, Daddy A. A good support system will be of good help on days when you want to just give up and buy a can of formula. And believe me, I get a lot of those days!
Other things that made my breastfeeding experience easier:
  • A nursing cover
  • Lactation cookies (and brownies!)
  • A bottle of water that you can take with you anywhere

Kimberley Reyes

Kimberley Reyes is a woman of many hats. She writes about how she happily manages her roles as wife to her firefighter husband, mom to her four kids, and Online Business Manager to her clients.

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