I am newly pregnant with #2 and have already started thinking about this. DS and I made it a year BFing (well, just shy - I think his last nursing session was a week before his birthday or so) and it was really, really hard - I had supply issues (supplemented for 12 weeks and then finally was able to get a full supply with domperidone), he was a lazy nurser and a slow gainer, I work full-time and pumping was a daily stressor (will I get enough milk? won't I?)...the list goes on. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I wanted to.
My ped tells me #2 is generally easier because only one of you has to learn, but I am more hopeful that the supply issues won't plague me like last time. I've read in some places that successive pregnancies can equal more milk because more glandular tissue develops, but I never had any breast changes/soreness/etc. with the last pregnancy (or this one so far), and I don't know if that's a good or bad sign.
So does anyone have success stories?
Yes, I think it is easier because you know what you are doing, you know how your body should feel, and you know how to prepare for pumping if you need to. On the other hand, my second was the hardest to pump for because I had so much extra milk with my first I donated a lot and then didn't prepare as much. And then I got to work and realized my girl didn't drink as much as pumping for her was much harder.
When my last baby and I actually intentionally created an oversupply so that pumping at work would be easier. From the day my milk came in to the entire length of my maternity leave I pumped once in the morning and once at night. It set my milk level higher and gave me a great freezer stash. And it gave me a cushion to work with so to speak. LO didn't like bottles and the extra milk in the evening/twilight was really helpful with the frantic nursing when I would first get home.
I do eat oatmeal almost every day, take a lactation supplement and drink Mother's Milk Tea regularly, too, though. Good luck!
Leigh Ann, Wife to David:, Mama to Rowan. Exhausted and loving it (most days).
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
I had a supply issue the first time with a very early preemie, and was only able to pump for 9 weeks with minimal output, my milk never really came in and I would only pump enough all day for one bottle. With my second BF was a huge priority for me, he was term but had to have surgery and stay in the NICU for a few days so I pumped right away for the first 2 days until her could nurse and I've had a fantastic supply this time. He's 5 months old and has been EBF and nurses like a champ. Each pregnancy is totally different so don't assume you will have the same challenges you did the first time. Good luck with your pregnancy and I wish you a bountiful milk supply!
Thank you all so much! DS was not a preemie but we had a fairly stressful delivery and I had no clue what I was doing, which I think was a lot of the problem...so here's hoping!
Worst case scenario, I know domperidone works for me...I'd just really prefer to NOT have to take it if I don't have to.