Sarah - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )
Ok, so, I really, really want to breastfeed. I tried with my first... until I couldn't take it anymore. I had open sores and scabs on my nipples. I cried every time she woke up to feed, because it was going to hurt me soooo bad... I even tried pumping for a day after I gave up on her latch. At that point my nipples were soooo sore I couldn't even pump. Then when I finally did give it up, I cried at every feeding for 2 days giving her formula because I was sooo upset with myself for giving up. I felt like I had failed as a mother for not being able to breastfeed... it's supposed to be the natural think to do. UGH
So, I am due with our second baby in less than 2 weeks. I obviously want to breastfeed this time. And I don't know what I will do if I fail at it again. My mom told me to make sure I have some formula on hand just in case... I feel like that is just setting myself up for failure... if it's in the house, it will be that much easier to just give up won't it? Any advice? What can I do to prepare? I know I need to stop stressing and stay relaxed when it's feeding time. And, how is my 2 year old going to handle it all... She is very active and always wants me to play with her... any encouragement and advice is welcome! Or just tell me I'm crazy and not to worry about it so much.