Breastfeeding Diaries: Week Two

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It has now been three weeks since our little guy arrived and I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. It feels like an absolute age ago since he was born even though it is anything but. At the end of his first week I wrote a post about our first week of breastfeeding to show what each day looked like for us, and on the whole it was relatively uneventful and straightforward. Week two however, was a different story so I wanted to share our breastfeeding diaries and some of the challenges that we have had.

 

Uneven Supply

In our week one breastfeeding diaries I talked a little bit about us having some challenges feeding evenly on both sides. This was still the case in week two and as my milk came in I started to notice a real difference in how much milk I was producing on each side. Both baby and I have a preference for feeding on the left because it seems to be easier and more comfortable. However as I don’t want to walk around with noticeably uneven chest I have been trying to make sure that we get at least a feed or two a day on our less prefered side with a view to increasing this as we get better at feeding on this side. I had a similar issue the first time round with the little lady so I am not feeling too panicked about it at this stage. I know that main thing is to keep feeding on it and try to even out the number of feeds on each side so that I can start to build up a more even supply.

Mixed Signals

We have very much been spending these last few weeks getting to know baby. Becoming a parent for the second time round I definitely feel like I am more relaxed and am more likely to take the time to observe baby and his cues rather than rush in to placate him like I did the first time round as an unsure and confused first time mum. That said, I am still finding that its difficult at this early stage to tell the difference between when he is hungry, when he has gas or when he is tired or over tired. I suspect that at times he is tired or over tired and roots or shows cues that look like he is hungry and the same applies to when he has gas and his cries sound the same or very similar to when he is hungry which means that there are times when I am probably feeding him when he perhaps doesn’t actually need a feed. I really want to avoid us falling into bad habits really early on so am trying to understand his signals a lot better.

Breastfeeding and Thrush

Early in the week I noticed the telltale signs of breastfeeding thrush on the little ones tongue so very quickly booked an appointment with our GP who confirmed it was and prescribed a weeks course of medication both the little man and I. Although we were lucky not to experience it with the little lady the first time round, thrush is apparently really common in breastfeeding and especially in the first few weeks. Thankfully it can be cleared up relatively quickly and easily and whilst I hated and felt really bad having to give the little one his medication which smelt pretty awful, it’s really important that you both take it to clear it up properly otherwise you can end up passing it back and forth to each other.

Blocked Ducts

Around the same time that I suspected we might have breastfeeding thrush, I thought I may have been unfortunate enough to get mastitis. After suffering for the best part of a day with what felt like a breast that was on fire, later followed by an evening feeling achy and like I was coming down with the flu I was convinced that it was the start of a painful bout of mastitis. Luckily for me most of the symptoms had disappeared when I woke up the next day and our GP confirmed that it was a blocked duct which thanks to lots of continued breastfeeding and massaging as advised by lots of the lovely ladies that I speak to on Twitter had pretty much resolved it.

 

So week two was considerably different from our first week of breastfeeding. Our first week felt very much like a textbook week, whereas our second week has been full of challenges which as a second time parent I know is very normal and is just part of establishing breastfeeding and a rhythm. However if I was a first time parent it would probably be quite overwhelming and stressful so hopefully this post shows that it can be quite normal for the second week of breastfeeding to look like this. Ultimately breastfeeding will look and feel different for everyone, but the main thing to remember is that it is not supposed to hurt, so if it does make sure you get the right support from your midwife, health visitor or local breastfeeding cafe.

Disclosure; This is a collaborative post written as part of my brand ambassador role as a Medela Mum. However all experiences and opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. July 20, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    It sounds like you are getting on brilliantly (other than the blocked duct!) it is funny how things are different with baby 2! Thanks for sharing with the #bestandworst good luck with week 3!
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  2. Lisa
    July 25, 2016 / 5:27 am

    I hated breastfeeding. I did it first time round and failed after 6 weeks. I will try this time round again, but I still hate it lol.
    Great Post. Keep it up i’m sure it will get easier for you ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. July 25, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Thanks for sharing your breastfeeding experience, always interesting to see how different your experience is to last time round. Also useful reading abouthaving blocked ducts, I’ll definitely be looking out for these symptoms too. Sounds like you’re doing a great job!x
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  4. July 25, 2016 / 7:27 am

    You sound to be doing a great job. I expected it to be so much easier when I breastfeed my second child but, just like with the rest of parenting, no two children are the same. It was just a different set of challenges #marvmondays
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  5. July 25, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Sounds like you will eventually win I breastfed my daughter one booby you can only imagine how uneven they are ahahhahahhah. #MarvMondays

  6. July 25, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Sounds like you are doing a great job. The fact that you notice things so early on and so quickly is awesome because it means you are getting them sorted. Hope little man is doing well in all things!xx

    #marvmondays
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  7. July 25, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Its funny how different baby and different pregnancy can be sooo very different to each other isn’t it? Well done and so glad you staved off the mastitis. xxx #MarvMondays

  8. July 25, 2016 / 9:36 am

    It sounds like you are doing a great job, espcially noticing all the things early on. It’s good that you can do that the second time around because for a first timer I can imagine it would be difficult and quite scary. x #marvmondays
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  9. July 25, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Wow. How different a week can be.
    Week 2 Is usually where they try and up your supply as well, so lots and lots of feeding.
    I hope week 3 is a bit calmer and more like week one x
    #MarvMondays

  10. July 25, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    That does sound like a week full of challenges! You’ve obviously handled it really well – I’m sure it being baby number 2 has helped you be quite chilled about it all. Thanks for sharing #MarvMondays
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  11. July 25, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Sounds like you are doing a fab job lovely. I am now in my second week of breastfeeding. It’s such a whole new experience.
    #MarvMondays

  12. July 25, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    It sounds like a challenging week but well done for persevering. I am seriously impressed you ventured into London for Ella’s birthday too! #marvmondays
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  13. July 25, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Sounds like you are doing just fine. It will all get easier. xxx #MarvMondays

  14. July 25, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Well done, it sounds like you doing a fab job. It can be tough going breastfeeding, but it’s clear you’re picking up on little man’s cues and following his lead which is such an important factor in breastfeeding. Blocked ducts are the worst, I’ve suffered a fair few, but glad it didn’t turn into mastitis. Good luck with the rest of your journey #marvmondays

  15. July 25, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Firstly – massive congratulations! Great post – I think it’s so important to give each other a realistic account of breastfeeding. It can be terribly challenging and it really helps for mums to read that they’re not alone with things like supply issues, thrush etc. I had an uneven supply (my left was also the good one!) No idea why – but we still managed to feed for 16 months. I def found that oats helped – overnight oats, flapjacks and smoothies etc with oats in! Good luck – the first few weeks are the hardest. Charlie x #marvmondays
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  16. July 26, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Wow, what a week! It sounds like you doing really well at spotting all the early signs of things though – I hope you get a smoother ride of things next week! #MarvMondays

  17. July 26, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Your doing so well! I had a preferred breastfeeding side as well, it was just more comfortable but I did exactly what you are doing now and it does sort itself out. Blocked ducts are so painful and the flu like feeling sucks but best thing is to power through, plenty of feeds like the ladies advised and I took 2 paracetamol when it got really bad which staved off the worst of the flu #marvmondays
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  18. July 26, 2016 / 10:47 am

    it sounds like its been an eventful few weeks for you. hopefully things settle down in the coming weeks and you can find your routine ๐Ÿ™‚ #marvmondays
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  19. July 26, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Oh hun I remember feeling most of these (although not mastistis) and the feeling of a blocked duct is horrible. Lots of hours were spent in the bathroom with a warm flannel trying to massage it out, and then trying to feed, feed, feed it out. Breastfeeding is really not easy, and you are doing really well. Claire x #MarvMondays
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    • July 29, 2016 / 12:15 am

      Thanks lovely, thats pretty much what I ended up doing! So glad it lasted just a day and not any longer. Getting there ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 29, 2016 / 12:05 am

      Thanks lovely. Its funny, but even though we’ve had a few challenges, I feel really relaxed about it all. Perhaps a little too relaxed! Generally pleased with how its all going so far, so fingers crossed it continues. If I had to stop earlier than I did with Ella though, I wouldnt be too upset about it. Its funny about how you feel about things second time round ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. July 29, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Oh lovely, it sounds like you are doing brilliantly. Despite all the challenges. And these diaries are so helpful for other mums going through similar. But they are also a lovely way for you to document your breastfeeding journey with the little man. Hugs Lucy #MarvMondays xxxx
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