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Will breastfeeding be easier second time around? – One Mum's Positive Experience
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Article by Marianne Valiente, founder of Feed Me Mummy

http://www.feedmemummy.co.uk

 

 Feed Me Mummy Breastfeeding

 

If like me, you had a terrible time breastfeeding your first baby, a few questions on your mind when thinking about a second baby will probably be; will it be the same second time round?  Will I have the same problems? Do I even bother trying again?

I always wanted to breastfeed when I had a baby and thought it would be easy.  I’d read it might hurt a bit for the first few weeks but then it would get easier.  For me, this never happened.  My baby struggled to latch-on and it just went downhill from there.  I had pretty much every breastfeeding problem you could have – a baby with tongue-tie, bleeding cracked nipples, thrush in my breasts, an abscess in each breast which took various courses of antibiotics and many trips to the breast clinic to sort out.  I don’t think I actually had mastitis which was one good thing I suppose!  I didn’t suffer in silence, I got a lot of help from midwives, health visitors, a breastfeeding expert, my GP, but nobody could stop the pain.

Everyone kept telling me it would get better, but I waited and waited and it didn’t.  I cried at nearly every feed, trying to eek out the time in-between them.  This, along with the guilt of potentially stopping breastfeeding and the anti-formula vibes I was getting from some people, made me very unhappy and not really able to fully enjoy this important time.  After 3 months of hoping it would get better, I made the very difficult decision to stop.  My baby didn’t seem to mind, but the guilt stayed with me for a long time.

So when I came round to having another baby, the one thing that was constantly on my mind was what was going to happen with the breastfeeding second time round?  I made the decision very early on that I would give it a try and ride it out for a few weeks.  However, if it was going to go the same way as it did first time round, I had other things to think about this time.  I had a toddler to consider, the last thing I wanted to do was to be crying in front of my toddler whilst feeding the baby – what kind of message would this pass to my little boy – he would think that the baby was hurting mummy.   I promised myself that I would not be made to feel guilty about formula feeding and I would think about what was best for me and my family.

So when my little girl was born, I tried again.  From the first time I fed her it felt different.  She latched on really well and didn’t fuss.  My nipples did hurt, but they didn’t bleed.  Nipple cream was well used and after a few weeks of toe-curling latch-ons, they started hurting less and less and eventually it was actually lovely.  I’d never thought I would be able to say breastfeeding was lovely, but it was.

Even though breastfeeding was going well I still felt quite nervous about breastfeeding in public, and when looking for breastfeeding clothes, I wanted something that would cover me in all the right places with minimum exposure.  I couldn’t find anything that worked for me plus everything was so expensive so I set about experimenting and the Feed Me Mummy breastfeeding vest was born. A simple design, to wear under your normal clothes to help with discreet breastfeeding. I felt more confident feeding in public when wearing the vest, so I wanted to pass this on to other mums.

I fed my second baby until she was nearly one and although I feel sad that I couldn’t do the same for my first, I know I did my best.  Obviously, whilst I can’t promise it’ll be the same for you, at least I can offer some hope that it is possible to have a positive breastfeeding experience after a not so good one.

 

by Marianne Valiente, founder of Feed Me Mummy.

 

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