I breastfed Liam for 14.5 months. He never had formula and I think took a bottle of breast milk maybe ten times his whole life. It wasn't always easy, but we got through it and loved it. Obviously I'm a huge advocate for breastfeeding. Now with Isabel on the way I'm gearing up to do it all over again.
I'm not going to lie, sometimes I feel a bit of anxiety thinking about exclusively breastfeeding another child, especially with a toddler to care for as well. But I know it's more than possible. Plenty of women do it. Many moms even tandem feed or endure a lot more when it comes to breastfeeding their babies. I do think I'll make more of an effort to pump and let Alex (or others) bottle feed our Little Lady, but the priority for me is direct breastfeeding for at least one year.
I'm really praying that we have an easier time with it than with Liam. It took almost five months to really get the hang of it! Along with prayer I am reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Maybe I will pick up a few tips, or at the very least some encouragement. It won't be easy, but I believe strongly in the benefits of breastfeeding (and hello, it's free!) and know that it's only for a season.
Any second-time breastfeeding mamas out there? What has your experience been like? Please share in the comments!