I am expecting number 2 in August 2012 and stopped b'f DS at the end of 2011. I wanted to hear from those who have breastfed 2 children how their experiences differed first and second time around.
First time for me, as my nipples are 'flattish' I experienced a lot of cracking as DS drew them out and they then healed into more 'standard' looking pointy nipples. I never had mastitis or any other problems, just a lot of redness, cracking and scabbing (and therefore tenderness) over the first few weeks.
I was wondering, since DS had already done a lot of 'prep work' on my nipples, what should I expect second time around? Will I still get the splitting again?
I have heard from people that children can feed differently, I always described DS as a gentle feeder, even up until the age of 16 months he was gentle and didn't bite or hurt me so I understand this is a difference I won't be able to predict.
Love to hear your experiences from those who have BF 2 or more babies.
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28-02-2012 13:07 #1
Breastfeeding number 2: how different to first time around?
28-02-2012 13:57 #2Senior Member
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I went into breastfeeding my DS2 thinking that I'd breastfed DS1 for fourteen months so i knew everything. I couldn't be more wrong. As you said, each baby is different and feeds different and although you may have fed your first bub for 12mths+ you remember how to feed the toddler and have to retrain yourself on how to feed a baby.
As for 'conditioning,' I encountered the same soreness and blistering due to incorrect attachment both times as I learned and then relearnt how to feed bubs.
Remember not to get too hard on yourself the second time round. I was thinking 'I did this for 14mths for DS1, why cant I do it now?' and stressed out about it. It was the breastfeeding association that reminded me to go back to basics and try baby led attachment.
Babies do feed differently too. DS1 took an hour as a newborn; DS2 20minutes only.
good luck with your new bundle of joy ans dont stress!
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28-02-2012 14:04 #3
I had a really rough first 6 weeks with my first. Not just cracked nipples but DETACHING ones (eeeeek) so so sore I used to whack myself in the head whenever I fed him to distract myself. After that it was a piece of cake.
Second time round. Nothing. Not a graze, not a crack, not soreness at all
28-02-2012 14:10 #4Senior Member
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With my second, it was like starting from scratch again! Kinda sucked really! I have flat nipples too so I ended up with cracked nipples, mastitis etc again with my second. He also had a very different shaped mouth with a very high palate and we really battled with attachment for over 12 weeks! My advice: get good support, find a good LC now so you will be able to get help really early if you need it.
28-02-2012 14:14 #5
I battled with my first, probably because I was so young when I had him. But with my second child, it came really easily to me and I had no problems at all. Hope the next one is the same
28-02-2012 14:20 #6Senior Member
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First time around I gave up after a few weeks due to low supply (tried many things/ drugs/ lactation consultants and final advice from them was to stop feeding). Would like to try again the second time, so I'd be interested to hear too.
28-02-2012 14:33 #7Senior Member
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I had so much trouble feeding my first bub, had one flat/inverted nipple that I couldn't get him to attach to for the first week. Ended up with cracked painful bleeding nipples. It didn't get even tolerable until he was about 3 months old. And he fed every 2 hrs around the clock until about 3 months, but I fed him until 17 months.
SO when number 2 was due I was so nervous about it, didn't think I could go through all that again. But it couldn't have been easier, haven't had a problem at all, but she is a much cruisier baby all round than DS was.
28-02-2012 14:34 #8
I have breast fed my two with no major problems. DS1 self weaned at 13 months. DS2 is only nine months and has recently all but given up on one side (think I'll end up lopsided but whatevs).
With each bub I had different latching on problems. Each time I saw a lactation consultant and hey presto all was fixed. I honestly can't recommend them enough - but after you've left hospital and those first few hazy weeks are done. Otherwise it just feels 'all too much'.
Personally I have found lactation consultants just as valuable a resource than child health nurses and think it's a great shame we aren't automatically scheduled to see someone in the weeks/months post birth such as we are with health nurses.
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28-02-2012 14:46 #9
The first 6 weeks of breastfeeding DD1 was a nightmare, attachment issues, over supply, engorgement, and so much damage that it took 6 weeks to feed without intense pain. I nearly gave up a million times.
I also had flat nipples.
DS, I had oversupply but he was a little guzzler so it didn't really matter. I had no attachment issues or damage, and my nipples were still drawn out from DD1. The best part was I never had any engorgement at all, even if I went hours without a feed. Also, didn't have to wean gradually, just stopped at 12 months, no engorgement or leaking.
DD2 I did have thrush issues for a while, otherwise fine.
28-02-2012 14:48 #10
I'm sorry to say this, but my 2nd was worse than my first. She fed non stop and had a really hard suck, and my nipples were literally fulling apart for weeks, blistered scabbed and bleeding. It was almost impossible to continue but I pushed through it and have now been feeding her for 7 months, but it was hellishly painful.
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