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Is breastfeeding as hard the second time around

I remember breastfeeding being a nightmare the first few weeks with my son. It hurt so bad and my breasts leaked so much and I couldn't sleep because they were so tender and leaky and hard. I nursed for 14 months so I'm hoping it won't be so bad in the beginning next time. I am expecting in July and wonder if anyone else who breastfed for so long has any experience to share with me about the second time nursing.

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Asked by karina400 at 10:22 AM on Mar. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I was able to relax and enjoy it more the second time

    Answer by admckenzie at 10:44 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • The first few weeks are going to be similar to last time. Although, I don't think mine were quite as tender. But you will be overly full, leaky and hard for a few weeks. Wear a good bra. Try to express some milk by hand in a warm shower before bed. It really helps. I personally think that the first few weeks of latching on always stings a bit, and I've done this with 3 children. I can say that nursing children 2 & 3 was much easier.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • I am nursing my third now and for me it was much easier with 2 and 3. Like anon :44 said, the first few weeks are crazy but not as tender as the first time around. You will be a pro when you get back into the swing of it!

    Answer by khedy at 11:40 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • Nursing went MUCH better for me with my second one!! I was so much more relaxed and I knew what to expect. I actually enjoyed nursing and was sad when I stopped. He never got any formula. With my first one, I was so nervous and didn't have enough confidence in my ability so I made the mistake of supplementing, which caused a vicious cycle of not being able to keep up my supply. I can almost guarantee you that this time will be easier because you will know what to expect. I was freaked out with my first one when my milk came in, I wasn't expecting my boobs to be that big, and I had a hard time getting him latched. With my second, within 10 minutes after he was born, I had him latched on and he was nursing like a champ. When my milk came in, I wasn't as uncomfortable because I knew what it would be like. Congratulations!! Just try and relax and it'll be okay!!

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 11:55 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • The 2nd time was worse for me, 3rd was worse yet. Only the 4th was easier.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:17 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • I remeber my 1st it was hard i even though of giving up b/c of the pain "i was in pain for the 1st month". 2nd my milk didnt come in untill the 3rd day after my c-section. It wasn't as pain full. my breast were tender for the 1st week but, after that it was super easy. I think because i knew what to expect. I nurse my 1st for 15months.
    you will do fine if you did it for that long w/ur 1st dont worry.

    Answer by Bless2haveU at 12:35 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • The 2nd and 3rd times were much easier for me. I bfed my first for 15 months and it was much easier with my 2nd - hardly hurt at all! My 4th was harder, for some reason he had a hard time latching, but it didn't hurt.

    Answer by missanc at 12:36 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • the second time was harder for me than the first. Everyone is different as you can see here, GL to you.

    Answer by Apr1l at 12:51 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • For me the second time was still a little hard the first week or so, but not as bad as with my first. I think I was more confident and because it was my second time I didnt have a bunch of nurses coming in poking at my breasts every few minutes and telling me I was doing it wrong (even though the last nurse said it was right!) lol

    Answer by nicoled02 at 1:19 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • It depends. I feel that I was more determined the second time, and wouldn't let anything stop me. I did have a bit of trouble the first week or so, but nothing crazy. The pain wasn't nearly as bad. BUT everyone, and every baby is different.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:50 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

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