{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 – Planning to Nurse Again

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.

I am a huge proponent of nursing.  I really believe that it is the best option
for baby, and if you are physically able to, you should at least try.  I didn’t always feel that way.  When my sister-in-law had her oldest, I was
adamant I would never nurse.  Obviously
my opinions changed (I’m sure my sister-in-law was happy to not hear me
spouting off against it!).
Now, I will get this right out of the way, nursing is hard
work.  It hurts and it takes a long time
for baby and mama to be comfortable, especially if it is your first child. 
This is our third child. 
I am hoping that it isn’t going to be nearly as difficult or hurt as
much.  But, I am preparing for that,
One thing that I didn’t really consider with my second was
any issues that I might have nursing. 
Luckily I didn’t have any issues, but if I did, I would have been
completely unprepared.
This time around, I am making sure to have bottles on hand
and also I will be getting formula, just in case.  Now, these are really for emergency
situations only, but if there is an issue, I want to be prepared.
How do I know that the baby won’t have trouble latching, or
that my milk supply will be sufficient? 
I don’t.  Or what if there are
complications?  My husband has never had
to deal with the feeding side of babies, since I always handled it, but it is
silly to not be a little prepared. 
My goal is obviously a healthy mama and baby who will latch
well and nurse well.  But, I want to make
sure that I am ready just in case.

Have you decided to
nurse, and then had a lot of difficulty? 
Did you think that you would bottle feed and then realize you wanted to
nurse after baby arrived?  How did you
make your decision?

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One Comment

  1. Hmmm…this sister in law is happy you saw the light 😉 Just kidding – I think you have to do what is best for you and baby but if given the opportunity, it's wonderful to make that commitment and is so good for the baby – and has so many benefits for the Mom too! I'm thrilled I nursed both my babes – it was the best choice for us! And, I have to say, nursing #2 was SO much easier than the first time around but if you stick it out – it's so worth it!

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