Breastfeeding is, hands down, one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my life. Birthing a 10-pound, 8-ounce baby without so much as an aspirin was nothing compared to the challenge that breastfeeding was for me (you can read more about my breastfeeding journey here). Long story short, during my first go at breastfeeding with my daughter, I was never able to make enough milk for her and had to supplement with formula. I still nursed her half-time until she was 17 months old.
This time around, breastfeeding has been much easier. My son will be 2 months old tomorrow, and I’m thankful that I’ve been able to nurse him exclusively. Part of it is simply because I have a different baby who is a different nurser, but a good portion of my success is thanks to some things I learned after breastfeeding the first time around. I wanted to share these tips in the hopes that they might be helpful to you in your breastfeeding journey. I’m obviously not a professional – just a mama who has struggled through and figured a few things out along the way.
When you go into this parenting thing, you assume the responsibility for molding and shaping a little life and for teaching them about the world. Little do you know that they will be teaching you plenty along the way as well. Even as a second-time mom, there are still plenty of things I’m learning from my tiny, little baby.