I went for an appointment with my midwife yesterday. I’m 24 plus weeks right now. She said, “Well, this is the visit where we typically discuss breastfeeding.”
I smiled and said, “Well, since I’m still nursing my two year old, I don’t really have any questions.”
It is nice that I have a lot less worries this time. I know where my resources are for breastfeeding questions. I have at least four books at home on the topic and have a couple of websites that I still frequent when I have any questions. In my home library, I have a copy of The Nursing Mother’s Companion, which you can find cheaply at McKay’s bookstore here in town. I give them out as baby shower gifts. I have the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby, and Mothering Your Nursing Toddler. As for websites, I still go to www.kellymom.com and a great site that I haven’t looked at much but others recommend is http://www.drjacknewman.com.
I read a lot of books before Liam came and didn’t find out about www.kellymom.com until after he was born. On the Dr. Jack Newman website there are a lot of videos where you can see how to properly latch your baby on. The latch is the most important thing about breastfeeding. I think a lot of women don’t do enough research before the baby comes and expect that breastfeeding will just happen. It does take work and a lot of practice. During that first week, every time I went to feed Liam, I thought of it as practicing. Now, after 26 months of nursing, I feel somewhat like a veteran. I’m not sure whether I will have any time in between babies of no nursing.
I look forward to nursing a baby again and mainly having a full milk supply. Nursing a toddler has been more difficult for me, mainly since I became pregnant. My desire to nurse is less, and fortunately Liam only wants to nurse to sleep. However, that can bring on tears for Liam at night when I have to make him stop because I can feel his teeth when nursing and it drives me a bit bonkers. Some nights, my tolerance is infinite, others it is just minutes. I’m thankful that he is only upset for a bit, but he cuddles up next to me and goes to sleep so at least I can offer him some comfort.