WOW! pretty much sums up my experience this time. R has been an amazing nurser since he latched on for the first time and he hasn't looked back. I can not believe how much of a difference and how much more enjoyable these first few weeks have been. With E I had cracked and sore nipples from a poor latch and he had very little weight gain in the first few weeks. These issues led to low supply which I had to build back up again and it made him a weak, sleepy eater. I think a lot of things factored into my issues with nursing for the first time including:
- Looking at the clock too much. I was too concerned with timing his feedings rather than following his cues. Everything I read about breastfeeding mentioned that magic three hour window. Ignore that number or any number!
- This ties into the first point, but because of sore nipples I would subconsciously seek out other reasons for his crying rather than putting E to the breast first and foremost. Looking at the clock and telling myself , "But he just ate an hour ago!" was just an excuse for not having to deal with the pain. I remember telling my SIL this little lesson learned after I discovered it and she later told me it was one of the best pieces of breastfeeding advice. When they squirm, root or cry - put them on the boob!
- Immediately after E was born I had little skin-to-skin time with him and it took too long to initiate breastfeeding in the hospital. I've written about this and other lessons learned from my first birth experience. Silly hospital protocol! Sure he looked super cute all bundle up, but little did I know I was being booby trapped!
Some of the reasons why I believe nursing started off much easier this time:
- I haven't noticed the clock once. R has been fed on demand from the beginning.
- I gave birth at home in a calm environment and I had immediate and plenty of skin-to-skin time with him from the start.
- Breastfeeding was initiated within the first 15-30 minutes.
- I am much more confident.
- My milk came in much quicker (1 1/2 days rather than 3)
- And I actually know what I good latch is supposed to feel like :)
|Milk drunk :)|