While I would never categorize breastfeeding as an "easy" endeavor, I can say that for me, personally, nursing my first child was a relative breeze, all things considered. He latched almost immediately, that first initial feed hurt but was ultimately successful, and I was able to exclusively nurse my kid for seven months. So when I found out I was pregnant with my second, I assumed it would be more challenging. The shoe has to drop sometime, right? I mean, is breastfeeding your second child easier, or are you starting back at square one every single time you have a baby and decide to nurse?
Everyone is different, of course, and no two children are the same, either. My second son didn't have a tongue tie, for instance, and wasn't born early or required any additional medical attention after he was born that would've delayed breastfeeding and/or made it more difficult for us to establish our nursing relationship. And I didn't have any medical conditions that would've impeded me from nursing my second son as easily as I did my first, either. Just as it was with son number one, I was lucky when my second son was born and we had a pretty easy go of it.
And, to my surprise, I have to say that breastfeeding my second child was actually easier. I seemed to produce milk quicker, feeding times felt shorter, and my milk definitely came in sooner. So if you're preparing for baby number two, planning to nurse, and wondering if it'll be easier, here are a few things you can expect to potentially encounter as you give breastfeeding another go: