So breastfeeding did not work for me first time round no matter what I did or tried. At some point I gave up and resorted to full time pumping which was hell as any mother who has exclusively pumped knows, but it worked. Of course to get my supply up, it required constant pumping, tears and driving my dh crazy. Looking back I am proud of myself for actually going through with the pumping.
Now my second child is due in two weeks and the question I keep asking myself is will I be able to breastfeed this time round? It makes me a bit nervous because I never really found out the reason why my son couldn’t latch on properly. Was it because of his tongue? Was it my nipple shape and size? Was it both?
I did some research to see if other moms were able to breastfeed their second child. Some were and some weren’t. But at least the possibility is there. So now what I tell myself is this time round I
- feel more confident as a mother
- will not go hysterical (hopefully) if breastfeeding becomes a struggle
- will take it easier in general and (again hopefully) will not drive my dh too crazy by obsessing constantly about my milk supply
I will give it all it takes and let’s see what will be……
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