- No bottles the first month or so. This is one thing we did right away even though the hospital advised us not to. The first night home my milk hadn't come in yet and Noah was HUNGRY. So at 5am after no sleep, we gave in and gave him a bottle with formula in it. Once my milk came in I had plenty of milk but instead of nursing every time I pumped and bottle fed him some or let Brian or others feed him. By 4 months old he preferred the bottle, which was easier to suck than the boob. He would fight me when I tried to nurse him. He didn't want the boob..he wanted the easy bottle. Which led to lots of frustration and stress on my part. Which ultimately led to me giving up and giving in to formula and the bottle.
- Don't be afraid to nurse in public! This is something I was so afraid of with Noah! I would go out to the car and nurse in the uncomfortable car before I would nurse in public. I didn't have a good nursing cover though so I would have to use a blanket or jacket to cover up. That was always a total fail. Brian would have to sit next to me and hold up the blanket so it wouldn't fall down, etc. So most of the time I just didn't even try and either fed Noah a bottle or nursed in the car or got home as soon as possible to nurse at home. This is something I am determined to give another try. I am going to purchase a good nursing cover that covers me up well and won't fall down and I'm just going to do it!
- Educate myself better. I read up on breastfeeding with Noah but I never took a class or anything. I hope to take a class at the hospital I'm delivering at before baby gets here. Also after Noah was born the lactation consultant came and helped me at the hospital and even gave me her number to call when I got home if I had questions. But I never called her. This time I won't hesitate to ask for help or learn more.
- Don't stress out so much about it! My goal is to breastfeed one year. Hopefully by doing things differently I can make it to that goal. But if for some reason it doesn't happen I'm not going to stress out about it. There are a number of reasons it just might not be possible so if I do everything I plan to do and it still doesn't work out, then so be it. Also, those first few weeks breastfeeding are the hardest, but I plan to just do my very best and try to stay as stress free about it as possible. If I'm stress it'll stress out baby and that's the last thing we both need. Brian will be home for 3 weeks when baby is born so he will be here to help with Noah and I will have the time to get the hang of breastfeeding again and even get the rest I need in between. So there should be no reason for me to stress out, right?! LOL!
So those are the things I hope to do differently this time around. I REALLY hope I can get to my goal of one year and I plan to be better prepared this time around too!
Feel free to leave a comment telling me about your breastfeeding experience! Is there anything you would do differently? Do you have any tips for me? How long did you breastfeed for? I'd love to hear from you!