How did your breastfeeding experience change with each child?

Nichole
St. Louis, MO
Breastfeeding Challenges

Every child is unique—and the breastfeeding experience is, too. From the NICU to newborn acid reflux, successful breastfeeding looks and feels different for each baby. For this mom of five, the greatest challenge comes well after baby is grown.

Nichole's Tips

  • Keep an open mind. “How your nursing relationship worked with one baby may not impact how you nurse with the next. Go into breastfeeding with an open mind.”

  • Don’t let anxiety get the best of you. “With my first, I was so stressed out about pumping at work that I didn’t even try. Now I just try to take it one day at a time.”

  • Create a space for you and your partner. “My husband and I have a restaurant that’s just for us. We don’t even let ourselves talk about the kids over dinner. It makes our marriage stronger.”

  • Center yourself. “I’ve breastfed five children and I’ve had my fair share of set backs. I’ve found that when I’ve made the time to relax, my supply really evened out.”

  • Share nighttime feedings. “My husband and I both work, so we take turns on the night shift. Sharing that responsibility goes a long way in our marriage and really lowers my stress levels.”