5 Reasons Breastfeeding Is Working the Third Time Around

I recently had my third baby, and I wasn’t even sure I was going to breastfeed this time around. After two failed attempts, the thought of trying and failing a third time seemed daunting. I played it cool by saying things like “if it works it works,” but in my head, I was secretly hoping I would have breastfeeding success. 

For some reason, not being able to successfully breastfeed made me feel like there was something I was missing out on. And in my own stubborn way, I really don’t like failing at anything. Especially when it’s tied to motherhood. 

But this time around I have been successful, but that didn’t just happen by luck. Well, maybe some of it did. After some thought, I do think that there are reasons why breastfeeding has worked for me this time, and maybe my reasons can help someone else. I’m no expert in this area; these are simply things that have worked for me. 

woman breastfeeding her baby in a nurseryMeasure the Nipples

Nipple shields do wonders if you need them. But what I didn’t know is there are different nipple shield sizes. Once I measured my own nipples, I ordered the appropriate size for my shield and it’s made a world of a difference for latching and protecting my precious pink teats.

Nipple Butter

Forget the Lanolin crap. Trust me when I say EARTH MAMA ORGANIC NIPPLE BUTTER. Once again Amazon comes in cluth. This stuff saved my nipples in those beginning weeks when breastfeeding is the most painful. I used it religiously, and I still believe that it helped keep me from getting a breast infection. I also love that I do not have to worry about when I apply it because it’s organic and safe for the baby to ingest. Just lather this stuff on like you would an over-sunscreened, fair-skinned baby on a hot, sunny day. You will be golden. 

RELAX

It sounds simple, but this is a huge one for me. With my first, I was so nervous and anxious about every little thing that it stripped me from trusting and allowing myself time to figure out breastfeeding. Especially in those first few days when it’s nerve-wracking while you’re waiting for your milk to come in and wondering if your baby is getting enough to eat and if they have enough wet and dirty diapers.

I remember our first night home from the hospital with my daughter; she was crying and my husband and I freaked out and fed her one of those already made formula bottles. I’m not saying it was wrong, but with our third, we knew what to expect which made us more patient and relaxed. I trusted and waited for my body to do what it needed to do to nourish my baby.

Inform, Inform, Inform

Looking back to the very beginning of my breastfeeding journey with my first, I realize now that I was not knowledgeable enough about breastfeeding for it to be successful. It’s a lot to learn and know. It’s overwhelming at times. Couple that with being an overwhelmed first time mother, I think it was just too much for me. And that’s ok, I don’t have any regrets. I did the best I could at the time.

One of my current favorite follows on Instagram right now is @karrie_locher. I would highly recommend any pregnant or postpartum mamas follow her. She’s a postpartum nurse and a mama of four herself, and is a wealth of knowledge from motherhood to infant care. She even has breastfeeding and infant care courses you can purchase. I have learned SO much from following her and trust the information that she shares.

Third Time’s A Charm

There’s something special about the third baby. My first two kids are only two years apart. There’s no doubt that after my second, I was deep in the throws of motherhood. And even though my life is much more chaotic now than it was four years ago, how I’ve approached motherhood is different. 

I feel confident, capable, and very aware of the time and how fleeting it is when it comes to our babies growing up. I’m trying to soak in and revel in every moment. I look down often at my baby while I’m feeding him with amazement at what my body has gone through and what it’s still continuing to go through to help him grow. And I’m grateful that motherhood led me to this moment in time. I never want to forget it.


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Katie is a born and raised Midwesterner. She graduated from college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2008. After college she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to Houston in April of 2009. A month later she met her husband David at her apartment complex swimming pool, and I guess you could say the rest is history. She now resides in Katy, TX with her husband David and their two children Avery {December 2014} and Myles {April 2017}, and will be welcoming another little boy this fall. Before kids, Katie had a career working in Commercial Real Estate, but once her daughter was born she figured out quickly that being a stay-at-home mom was something that she was destined to do. Her passions include in no particular order :: drinking coffee, collecting jewelry, fashion, fitness, cooking, politics, and crime/detective related Netflix series. In her free time you can catch her spending time with family and friends, drinking a glass of red wine, watching sports with her husband, trying out the latest hot spot restaurant, traveling, laughing, and not taking life too seriously.

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