About Sara

My first child was born on Feb. 16th 2012 and my second is due January 2014. As I embark on my own breastfeeding adventure, I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the breastfeeding blog world. For more about me read the About Us section of the blog! This blog is intended to be a place of inspiration and information. It is a place to share stories and ideas. I love hearing from you!

Here we go again…Breastfeeding a new baby!

It has already been over a week since the birth of my second child.  Time goes so fast!  I have been transported back to those early days of motherhood and back to the beginning of a breastfeeding relationship.  It has been two years since I was cuddled with a newborn, spending the days skin to skin getting to know each other.  My toddler weaned during the first trimester of this pregnancy.  My most recent memory of breastfeeding is wrangling a 14 month old at bedtime.  Newborns and all their nuances are a whole different nursing experience.

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My breastfeeding journey with my daughter began with a rough start, as you can read here.  Working through obstacles in those early days lead to over a year long, fabulous breastfeeding relationship.  I wanted to make sure that I could give my son the same nourishment and bonding that I found with my daughter.  I prepared for our journey the best I could on my end.  I had a natural birth at a baby friendly hospital.  I had immediate skin to skin after birth and encouraged him to latch within an hour.  But a newborn has to learn his part too!

Initially, the latch caused pain.  I was careful to break the latch and start again right away to spare my nipples.  We spent the first hours after birth skin to skin and learning.  Perhaps my experience as a second time mom made all the difference, but we are off to a great start!  I have been patient with the slight discomfort that comes with such sudden attention on the nipples.  There is such a different feel to this “slight discomfort” versus the intense pain of cracked, damaged nipples the first time around.

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I am really enjoying being back in the newborn phase of breastfeeding.  He and I have fallen in love and I can’t wait to watch him grow off the nutrients and emotions of breastfeeding!

Did breastfeeding go better the second time around?  How did your experience with your first help you with your second?

 

 

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One Response to “Here we go again…Breastfeeding a new baby!”

  1. avatar Olga says:

    The second time was much easier for me. You know what to expect so you feel more comfortable. My nipples hurt a lot for the first time and I only felt some discomfort in the first days with my second daughter. You will be fine!