As my family prepares for the birth of our second child in November, there are many things running through my mind. What will labor be like this time around? Will I successfully have the VBAC that I desire? Will my son Liam adapt well? All of these things seem pretty normal. One thing that is really on my mind though, is beginning a second breastfeeding journey and how can I prepare to make it just as successful as my first experience. (more…)
As I write this, I am currently 36 weeks pregnant. I wanted to provide an update on how it’s been breastfeeding in the third trimester. I promised in my first post on Breastfeeding While Pregnant that I would check back in.
I kept waiting for my milk to dry up, for the taste can change, or for her to just lose interest. Well, we are still nursing! In fact, my personal breastfeeding goal was always two years, and we are now just ten days away. To be perfectly honest, once I got pregnant, I felt fine with the idea of her self-weaning, or even with mother-led weaning if I felt the need. But weaning just hasn’t happened yet. (more…)
My breastfeeding journey with my son has been far from an easy one. We started out with some problems but fast forward to two years later, and it has turned out to be one of the most special and emotionally rewarding journey’s that I have been on. I never had a real breastfeeding goal and always knew I would just take one day at a time. I knew that hitting the one year mark was going to be a big milestone, but hitting the second year mark was something I could have never foreseen.
When I became pregnant in February with our second child, I saw no future of weaning for my son. He has always been very attached to his “nursies” and I was accepting the fact that I may be tandem nursing when the second one came along. I was okay with this, and in fact I had started to do some light reading on the subject. (more…)
Never in a million years did I anticipate I would be breastfeeding while pregnant. My mother breastfed my younger sisters and me and I always assumed I would do the same for my future babies. But I just assumed that would be for infants. I may have gone so far as to say that a child that was old enough to ask for milk was too old to breastfeed.
Well… when my daughter’s first baby sign at eight months was for “milk”, it just melted my heart. When she had her first birthday, neither of us had any desire to change our special connection. And when she mastered the word “milky”, I had nothing but pride. So when she was 16 months old and we found out I was pregnant, I didn’t really see any reason to stop nursing. (more…)
Some will tell you sex after baby is better than ever. Having three children, we have had a very different experience. Here are tips for bringing the spice back into the bedroom after baby enters your home.
Tip 1: Easy does it… Set no expectations
Set a schedule of when to enjoy some alone time together. However, remember to take it slowly. Whether it’s once per day, once per week, or every third day, set aside time for intimacy. Sensate focus is a wonderful means of rekindling the old spark. The most important thing is for you and your partner to agree that no matter what transpired throughout the day (between the two of you, with baby, with other children, at work, etc.), the two of you will enjoy “truce touch”, including gentle hugs and kind words. (more…)