As beautiful and natural as breastfeeding is, it can also be wrought with issues and difficulty. When my daughter, Little Girl, was born I was thrilled to see her take well to nursing. Having breastfed my son till he was 19 months old I felt comfortable and confident breastfeeding.
As second time mom I was much more relaxed and truly enjoyed having a sweet little newborn to snuggle and nurse again. As we headed from from the hospital I thought, this is going to be smooth sailing. Little did I know that a breastfeeding challenge was just on the horizon.
A few days after coming home from the hospital things started to get tricky. It had only been six months since my son weaned, so my milk came in quickly this time around. I breastfeed my babies on command and Little Girl’s hunger cues were clear. She continued to latch well and nursed typically 6-8 minutes on each side every 3 to 4 hours. Sometimes I needed to work to keep her awake and on task while nursing, but overall our feedings went well. The trouble started after breastfeeding.