second time around...

Danielle - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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is it easier the second time around?

they say if you're doing it "right" it shouldnt hurt... but regardless of what i did, i was in some serious pain... it went away after about week three. and nursing was a breeze.



is it less painfull the second time? does it come more "naturally"? i didnt find it came naturally at all... i was awkward at first... and it hurt, alot. as if i havnt said that already.... i need to emphasize the pain.

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Jessalyn - posted on 11/18/2008

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I had lots of issues with my first (the first 8 weeks were horrible--but we made it to 13 months) and was hopeful that the 2nd would be much easier. I must have let my DD get a bad latch a few times in the hospital and my nipples were destroyed before we even got home. I took full advantage of the lactation consultants, even after we were home, and they helped me figure out ways to help her latch better and suggested ways to help me heal. We had to supplement for a day and a half and then I pumped a little on the one extremely sore side. At least I know this little one will take a bottle, unlike our first :) I am in week 3 now and still using a shield on my left side so it can fully heal. My advice would be to have a lactation consultant in the room when you latch for the first time, if that was an issue for you before. I know I will be doing that with the 3rd! Best of luck and stick with it no matter what!

Lauralee - posted on 11/18/2008

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My second hurt just as much, and I think I had to relearn how to do everything. It wasn't at all like riding a bike. But, after my second got the hang of it, she was a much better feeder than my first.

Jamie - posted on 11/18/2008

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I had a much easier time with this one. I think part of the reason is because I already went through it so I knew what to do and I didn't panic this time around. At the same time, every baby is different. I had a horrible time getting my son to latch on but my daughter was a pro right from the start.

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I am hoping it is easier for me this time. I know I am still going to have to teach this little one how to nurse, how to latch, etc... but hopefully I won't be learning this time around as I have already done it and am still doing it.

Danielle - posted on 11/18/2008

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thats what i'm hoping for. and i was kinda going to hope... (this sounds totally rediculous, but a girl can dream) that my nipples would still be a little bit "conditioned" or like used to it.... from last time. even though by the time the new baby is born it will have been a year since i nursed.

Clare - posted on 11/18/2008

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I would guess it's about the same as labour - who knows?? Not necesarily less pain, but you have more idea what to expect, and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel! If you're not BF, then your nipples will have to get used to it again, so some pain will probably come from that. I think it is a bit easier (I have two) because you know more about it, and have more idea about getting the baby on properly and all that. It may come more naturally for you, but it is still baby's first time!

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