11/21/2017

Breastfeeding: What I’ve Done Differently the Second Time Around

This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY, a brand I shop from and love. All opinions are my own.

Just a heads up that if breastfeeding isn’t a topic that interests you at all, you may want to skip this post and I’ll see you for the next one!

For those of you who’ve been reading this blog awhile, you may remember my postpartum days with Jack. I was pretty much sick for months following his delivery due to reoccurring bouts of mastitis. During the seven months of breastfeeding, I had mastitis seven separate times. And it was painful. Ugh.

Usually I would be sick for a week and a half, spend a week and a half recovering, and then get sick again. It was an awful experience and it put my recovery in slow mode. (If you want to read more about my breastfeeding journey the first time around, you can do so here.)

So when I found out I was expecting baby number two, I was more concerned how breastfeeding would go than I was about having a c-section.

Savannah's Birth Story

However, eleven weeks since having Savannah and I’ve had zero bouts of mastitis. (Praise the Lord!) I am not 100% certain why this time around has gone so much smoother, but here are a few things I’ve done differently while nursing baby number two:

Breastfeeding The Second Time Around

Soak. Every single time I start to feel a clog, or feel overly full, or get a strain in my chest, I fill up a big bowl with warm water, lean over, and soak. I actually just had to do this over this past weekend and yesterday. Or, I take a hot shower and let the steam, heat, and moisture help alleviate the pain. I had to shower or soak before every single feed at least the first month after having Savannah. It was a lot of work and very painful, but whenever I could feel those symptoms (I know those symptoms) I tried to take care of it before it got too far.

Immune Boost. I’ve relied on my favorite immune booster ever every single day since delivering. I started using Amazing Grass while recovering from two back-to-back bouts of mono in college, and I now swear by it for boosting immunity. I’ve gotten so many close friends and family obsessed with it too. I usually take a double shot right before bed with eight ounces of water. I also have been using Plexus products, including the ProBio and the Bio Cleanse. I started talking to my friend Megan who sells Plexus and she mentioned she had experienced lots of mastitis with her babies, but after using these products she never had it again. I don’t know if these products are helping, but they are certainly not hurting! I’m going to keep using them as long as I’m nursing.

One Side at a Time. With Jack, I followed the rules where I would feed on one side for 5 minutes, and then feed on the other side for 5 minutes during the same session. This time I have instead been feeding on only one side, and then switching to the other side the next session. Maybe it’s made a difference, I am not sure. I definitely think though that I get completely cleared out, which is a good thing!

Ice and Heat. Along with the Soaking, for the first 4-6 weeks I would also heat before every feeding (either by soaking, showering, or warm packs), and then after heating I would use cold packs for 5-10 minutes. The heat helps the milk to flow easier, and the cold would reduce swelling, pause the milk production, and just feel relieving for my sore chest.

Sleep and Rest. Whenever I have a chance – which is limited this time around with both a toddler and a newborn – I sleep. I also tried to accept any help that was offered to me and not feel guilty about it. When I had a c-section with Jack, I just could not seem to accept that recovery was going to go slower for me than someone with a vaginal delivery. I thought I could do ‘all the things’ like everyone else, but it turns out I couldn’t. I tried not to rush the recovery process this time, and instead did my best to take advantage of the opportunity to lay in bed, ha.

Savannah James Newborn

Other things I’ve been doing: ONLY wearing comfortable, non-wired nursing bras and wearing two bras while exercising (for additional support!), I don’t sleep on my back (I seem to clog easily in this position), and I continue to drink as much water as possible!

Full Busted Seamless Nursing Bra

Also, I know it’s a big no-no to give a pacifier to a nursing newborn, but I gave Savannah one the first day and it hasn’t seemed to cause any issues.

Breastfeeding The Second Time Around

Other things I’ve not been doing:

Pumping. I actually didn’t start pumping until right before I went back to work when Savannah was about 10 weeks old. I was so nervous about rocking the boat since we had found a rhythm that worked for us. She never even had a bottle until she was 10 weeks old! And she took it like a champ – thank goodness! This means though that I don’t have a large stash in the freezer, but I have now incorporated an extra two pumps a day – one in the morning and one in the night – to try and get a little surplus.

Here are a list of my favorite products for breastfeeding, all of which I was able to purchase at buybuy Baby:

Breastfeeding Must-Haves

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, Jana. First, I’m so glad you haven’t had any mastisis this time, but wow! That is so much work. I can’t believe you did all that before even feeding her. You’re amazing <3
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  2. I just bought Amazing Grass- I have had three back to back cases of mono and I can use all the help I can get!
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