Unable to nurse first baby. can I nurse second?

I was unable to nurse my daughter because my milk never came in.

I did everything I could. I took herbs, pumped, saw a lactation professional 3 times a week and even tried 2 different prescriptions.

Nothing worked and I was heart broken. I was only able to nurse for 3 weeks. I was wondering if there are any other moms out there that were unable to nurse first baby, but went on to nurse second baby?

I plan on having more kids for sure and was just wondering. Thanks.

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Aug 13, 2014
each situation is different
by: Tracy

I would love to be able to tell you that you will definitely be able to breastfeed your next baby, but unfortunately it doesn't always work out that way, each situation is different.

I can tell you about my story though, which has a happy ending ;-)

I also struggled to breastfeed my little boy, mostly due to the fact that I had a c-section with him, and that I had flat nipples. So, I did research and learnt that I had a better chance at breastfeeding, if I gave birth naturally and if I found a way to bring my nipples out.

So with my second baby, during the pregnancy I used a little device called the Nipplette, which causes the nipple tissue to elongate. This actually more than doubled the size and length of my nipples. Then I told my doctor that I wanted to give birth naturally and was told that it was impossible, due to the c-section that I had had.

I had done the research and research states that having a second c-section is more dangerous that giving natural birth after a c-section (VBACK)

So, I decided to not go back to the doctor, but get a midwife. Fortunately I was blessed to find a midwife who was willing to do a vback, water birth at home.

I gave birth two days before my due date, at home, in water without any medication. I was in labour for 6 hours and it was an amazing, life changing experience. All women need to experience this!

Anyways, my little girl took to breastfeeding immediately, and I breastfed her exclusively for about two months. My milk supply has always been on the low side so, I then started combination feeding her. Any amount of breast milk is important!! I managed to breastfeed her for two years!

I hope this story will motivate you, but at the same time be realistic, dont beat yourself up if it doesnt work out.

Breastfeed your baby as early as you can, breastfeed as much as you can and lots of skin to skin contact is important. I found that Domperidone worked wonders, also seaweed, oatmeal and boiled fenugreek seed (not the tablets) worked for me.

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