In this video, lactation consultant, Katie, talks with new mum Lisa about engorgement and breast fullness. They discuss how to cope with breastfeeding challenges like flat nipples from engorgement. They also talk about baby Sophie’s feeding on one side only.
Beautiful baby Sophie and Lisa met me at the door with a bouncing excited newly big sister Anna. Lisa told me that the feeding had been going better overnight since she was able to soften the left breast by expressing her milk. At the same time, she was still finding the feeding sore and not sure if Sophie was draining the milk properly.
I heard from Lisa on their first day after leaving hospital. I was thrilled to hear of Sophie’s arrival and that she had started breastfeeding at birth. Lisa then told me about her current feeding difficulties and how Sophie was not feeding off of her left breast as it was just too full.
Success! Our little Sophie was born at 5:41am and has found her way to the breast and has fed on both sides for the last hour. This has made me so happy since, with my first daughter, it never happened. She is now a sleepy little bundle of pure joy!
Lisa asks: “I understand that I will have my hands full with both a toddler and a baby! What are some ideas for feeding a newborn with a toddler?”
It’s been great to talk with Lisa about her breastfeeding journey. It can understandably be common for women to feel apprehensive if they had a previous difficult breastfeeding experience.
One thing to bear in mind is that each birth and each baby you have is very different and doesn’t mean this journey will follow the experience you had with your last baby.
Under five weeks to go and my body is definitely telling me it’s nearing time for baby number two’s arrival. My hips are giving up and the bust area surely can’t get any bigger… oh wait, the milk is still yet to arrive.
Over the next few months we will be following a mum’s journey through pregnancy and breastfeeding.
We will follow her queries, concerns and excitement and provide insight through articles and videos from our educator and qualified midwife and lactation consultant, Katie.