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14/02/2014 at 12:14
...did you also BF #2 successfully as well?
I fed P for 7 months, only swapping to formula when i went back to work as she would not take expressed milk from a bottle. Only formula! Anyway, i found the first couple of weeks very difficult. Mostly because i have huge boobs and P was tiny and we struggled with positioning to get her latch right. Aside from that and a couple of excruiciating thrush incidents we then had a very easy rest of the time.
I've just been assuming i'll be feeding this one relatively easily too. I hope i'll be more confident in the early days re positioning and latch and i think i'll find the early uncomfortableness more tolerable because i know how easy it gets.
I had a dream last night though that i couldn't feed him at all. He wouldn't latch and then i had no milk and all sorts. Now, i realise a lot of this is just crazy hormonal 3rd tri dreams but am i being silly to think i'll be able to feed as easily/for as long this time?
14/02/2014 at 12:24
Good thread, I'll be watching with interest! I fed C for over 2 years with very few problems, and I really hope I'll be able to do the same with #2 - although I'm hoping #2 is a lot more efficient and doesn't feed for an hour or more at a time!
14/02/2014 at 12:44
I fed J til he was nearly 2, we had a v easy time of it luckily. I'm assuming I'll be able to feed this one as well, I know there might be problems in the early days but I'm hoping I know enough to overcome those/get help. I certainly know a lot more now than I did when I had him and I've since trained as a bfing peer supporter. It's really important to me to breastfeed for the health benefits, ease and the cost, I don't want to be paying out more than I need to!
I'm lucky I have a lot of support so I should get to do lots of skin to skin and baby mooning with the baby to help establish breastfeeding.
14/02/2014 at 13:51
I had the exact same worries when I was pregnant with B.
I bf W for six months. Had a difficult start, W wouldn't feed at all and ended up expressing in hospital and giving tops ups of formula for the first few days. took a week to get the hang of latching on etc. then a good two or three weeks of sore boobs from non stop feeding.
Second time with B it's been a million times easier. I had a cs and as soon as I was stitched up and out if theatre they pulled my hospital gown down , plonked her on my boob and off she went sucking away! Had absolutely no probs getting the latch right as I had so much more confidence in myself and how to get her positioned etc. she is now 17 weeks and bf is going brilliantly.
No issues with having to top her up with formula, I just let her feed as much as she needed and knew that was the best thing to do to get my supply up rather than topping up with formula.
My nips haven't been anywhere near as sore either ( I still put the lansinoh on religiously for the first few weeks though).
Overall I've found it loads easier second time. Bf is something both mum and baby have to learn. When neither of you have done it before it obviously takes longer to get the hang of it all, but if mum has already done it before then it's just baby who needs to learn and mum is able to teach. That's been my experience anyway.
14/02/2014 at 13:52
Yes i bf both for 5 months. I felt quite strongly about doing the same for both of them. Personally i found it much easier second time around x
14/02/2014 at 14:09
I bf both. Stopped with D at 7mths as like P she would not take expressed from a bottle. My bf journey with J has been harder but she had a tt that we had to fight ti get snipped. I will be stopping with J as I just can't get my head round bf and working.
14/02/2014 at 14:43
Yes I actually fed K for 2 months longer. I did worry about it 2nd time around, like you because of boob size but was fine. I did have some issues with his latch so saw a counsellor a couple of times. Also got mastitis twice with K. Think that's why I ended up feeding him for longer as I was scared to give up and possibly get mastitis again! I didn't though thankfully!
14/02/2014 at 14:51
14/02/2014 at 14:53
14/02/2014 at 16:29
yes L to 14 months and I to 12 months
both hard in their own way, extreme trauma and bouts of mastitis with L due to severe tt, but due to Ls TT i knew isaac had one, Isaac was just a regular feeder as in hourly and then clustered from 4-8 till 6 months. which is so hard with a toddler, thankfully L was fully toilet trained and more or less independant with everything and speech great and i mastered BFing whilst mobile lol
14/02/2014 at 17:16
Yes, fed A till 13 months. Baby 2 self weaned around 10/11 months and still feeding baby 3 at 7 months
14/02/2014 at 19:08
Yes no 1 self weaned at 16 months, when I was 6 months pregnant with number 2. It was strange going back to a tiny newborn and having to think about positioning etc. I had an easier start with number 2 but a couple of bouts of mastitis and from 4 months he would only feed on the left. He self weaned at a year.
14/02/2014 at 19:38
Thats really reassuring ladies, thanks.
14/02/2014 at 21:53
I struggled with bf for baby #1. He was bf for 8 or 9 months but never fully exclusively. I bf baby #2 for 16 months. She weaned off every feed herself. She wouldn't ever take a bottle and since I found it easy bf her I wasn't that bothered. She never had any formula but since she weaned off she has never drank milk since!
15/02/2014 at 18:37
Can I ask, those of you who experienced nipple pain with no.1 did you also have it with no.2? I had horrendous pain with A, he had no tongue tie and latch was fine, I just had v.sensitive nipples. It's odd because I never experienced any sensitivity when pregnant at all, I wonder if I had it would have toughened them up a bit in advance? Anyway it took a good few weeks before I stopped crying with pain at every feed and many more months before I experienced no discomfort during a feed. I was fine during labour and turned down gas & air so I don't think it's just a low pain threshold TBH!! I'm just worrying now about no.2 as BFing was such a horrid experience to begin with and severely affected bonding. I do still BF him now but really only his bedtime feed and once during the night, and I don't yet know whether I want to tandem feed during the day whilst on ML, keep going with just nighttime feeds for A, or wean him off entirely in advance of no.2... (or he might wean himself) and part of me is thinking I should keep going so that my nips are used to it...
15/02/2014 at 20:05
I really hope I have just as easy with no 2 as I did with no 1. In fact I only really stopped at 18 months so we could start trying again. Fingers crossed it comes easily to all who want to do it x
15/02/2014 at 20:37
16/02/2014 at 00:24
Yep pretty sure Isis, had it checked several times by several different people. Stayed in hospital for ages due to the pain on feeding and had it checked loads there, came home and had it checked again by different people. I read up on it and some women do just have more sensitive nipples and experience pain in the early weeks. One of my midwives in hospital said she had the same thing too (she was the one who advised nipple shields which I used for a short time). It did settle down eventually and week by week I could feel the pain lessening although I hadn't changed anything so I think that was me getting used to it.
He's 13 months now and as I say still feeding and no pain now, occasionally in the night he latches badly and it hurts but it is a different pain to the kind I had in the beginning... although that could be because he has teeth now! But back then he did sometimes latch wrongly and I could tell it was wrong.
I posted on here about it at the time and a few people did say they had pain in the early weeks despite latch being checked and no tongue tie.
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