With the birth of my second child just around the corner, breastfeeding has relentlessly been on my mind. Despite the fact that I had some serious struggles nursing my son, I’m trying to remain optimistic that it’ll be smoother experience the second time around. I mean, I learned a lot with my firstborn, and I know there are things you don’t have to sacrifice when exclusively breastfeeding. That learned (and earned) knowledge is bound to come in handy, right?
My son and I ended up breastfeeding for over two years. While it’s totally possible I’m misremembering more than a few moments because, you know, the fog of new motherhood and newborn life clouds everything, I’m feeling hopeful about breastfeeding for a second time. As a new mother with a newborn, I learned that no breastfeeding phase is forever, there are lots of resources and support for breastfeeding moms, and there’s still time in (most) days to take care of myself and keep tabs of other priorities, like self-care and work and streaming episodes of past TV shows I’m embarrassed to admit I haven't watched yet. In fact, some of my closest friends who've also been there have been sending me suggestions for what I should have ready and waiting in the queue (Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl, for the record).
No two breastfeeding experiences are totally alike, so while I am optimistic, I'm also more than well aware that nursing my second baby could be night-and-day different. Still, I know the lessons I learned will aide me in (hopefully) facilitating a long and somewhat-easy breastfeeding relationship with my second baby, especially if I remember I don't have to sacrifice the following things: