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.
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.
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?