I am having my second child in April and I'm so excited to BF again. It boggles my mind that I say that after the extremely painful beginning I had with Jack. In addition to having thrush, bacterial infections, clogged ducts and oversupply issues that lasted 12w, it was discovered that I had Raynaud's. It is a pre-existing condition, not one brought on by the thrush. So this made BF even more difficult. So basically, I cried during every feeding session for the first 3 months, however once all those other things cleared up, it took another three months for BF to not hurt. After that it was just an uncomfy feeling. I had come to terms with the fact that BF will never be feeling-free for me...my nips are just super sensitive to touch. However, when my son weaned at 11m due to me being PG and my supply dropping significantly, I was extremely saddened. I had planned for our relationship to last much much longer.
So as eager as I am for April and to BF baby #2, I worried that the six month gap will cause me to go through a painful beginning again. I'm not worried about thrush, CD, BI or OS as I have all the tricks to solve those issues quickly, I'm more worried about whether I will have to get adjusted again.
So for those of you who nursed your subsequent children, did it hurt the second time around? Did your nips have to "toughen" up again? I know the Raynaud's will come into to play again, but I'm just wondering if my sensitivity will be b/c of the RS or if all people have to adjust the second time around too.
Mama to Jack (12/7/06) & Liam (4/3/08) & Iris Hope (10/6/10)