I am incredibly lucky & grateful for the fact that I have had an amazingly successful breastfeeding journey with Teddy (that you can read about here), to the point where he is 2.5 years old and we are still going! Don’t get me wrong he doesn’t feed every single day and on the days that he does, it is only once but i’m really proud and not in any major rush to stop.
People presume that because I am currently expecting baby number two that I would wean Teddy off the boob but i’m just not overly fussed. I half expected him to wean himself as I heard some children do that due to a taste in the milk or sometimes your milk can dry up during pregnancy but it would appear neither has been the case! People tandem feed all the time and if that is what Teddy wants to do, then i’m cool with that. I would never force him to stop once the baby has arrived because I would feel all the mum guilt – LOL. I thought I would share all the ways I am planning for a second successful breastfeeding journey.
PLANNING FOR A SECOND SUCCESSFUL BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY
GO EASIER ON MYSELF
I put an insane amount of pressure on myself when it came to feeding Teddy. I think due to the fact I had a pretty shitty labour & then he had to be syringe fed colostrum for the first 24 hours of his life due to him being too tired to latch, so I felt like I had something to prove. Which now, looking back, I realise how silly that was. Even more so now when i’m still successfully breastfeeding a almost 3 year old WHILST 39 weeks pregnant. I remember getting so nervous when it came to getting Teddy weighed at baby clinic every couple of weeks, just hoping that my milk was doing its job – that he was growing & healthy. This time around I am going to cut myself some slack! Be kinder to myself, have faith in my body and my boobs. They’ve done a kick ass job with Teddy and I need to believe they can do that again.
ELECTRIC BREAST PUMP
I used the Medela swing electric breast pump with Teddy and it was great so i’m planning on using it again this time around! I collected & froze a stash of breast milk but Teddy point blank refused to take a bottle and never did, this time around I am hoping that this baby will at least take a bottle if needs be. I found it very overwhelming and demanding being Teddy’s only source of milk – every feed, bedtime, night feed was solely on me & it was actually incredibly isolating and lonely at times.
One thing I didn’t purchase when I had Teddy is a night light, which meant I spent the endless night feeds in the dark (I didn’t want to turn on the lamp and disturb Aaron, who had to be up for work early) – which again, felt very lonely. So this time I have one set up and ready to go, it’s a lovely penguin night light from Nuby and it either has a lovely subtle glow or you can tap it to change it to multicolours which Teddy LOVES. I think I may have to buy one of his own…
I have heard great things about these bottles, especially for breastfed babies so I have bought a few to get us started. One winning feature is that they are self-sterilising meaning you don’t need to buy a bottle steriliser, you just add water to these and bang them in the microwave as they are. So useful & less money needs spending.
I went through a LOT of this last time and even though I was incredibly lucky in the sense that I never suffered from any cracked nipples or bleeding nippes ect (yum), I would still always apply this numerous times throughout the day. I always make sure to use one that is safe when breastfeeding (doesn’t need to be removed before you feed). I have the Bloom & Blossom Nip & Lip Balm on my bedside table ready and I’ve also been using it on my lips during this pregnancy and it’s so nourishing!
SNACKS & HYDRATION
It’s so easy and all too common for mums to forget about themselves, especially during the newborn days. It is SO important to take care of you, especially during breastfeeding. I always made sure I had a stash of snacks in my bedside table for the night feeds, and I also never sat down for a daytime breastfeed without making sure I grabbed a snack and a drink beforehand. It’s thirsty/hungry work feeding a baby!
SILICONE BREAST PUMP*
By far my most recommended product to anyone who is breastfeeding is a silicone breast pump! With Teddy I had one from Nature Bond but this time I am going to be giving the Nuby one a go! You basically suction it onto the opposite boob to the one baby is currently feeding on and it catches the let down, which is where your boob essentially leaks and trust me, when it comes to breastmilk, waste not want not! Catch that liquid magic and stash it for later. I always caught more milk this way than I did using m electric breast pump – sometimes catching 5/6oz in one go! I think it helps that baby is feeding at the same time.
Whatever happens with breastfeeding this time around, as long as I’ve given it my best shot, that’s all that matters.