I nursed my first baby, but it was so hard. I’m pregnant again, and I want to nurse this baby, too, but I have to admit I’m scared. Was it as difficult for you with your second baby?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: No it was much easier to nurse my second baby. But she was bigger and hungrier than my first, so it was still a challenge! But because I knew how to do it now and I knew what to expect, breastfeeding was so much easier the second time. But still, it requires an incredible amount of commitment to be the primary source of nutrition for a helpless newborn. Even a simple trip to the grocery store requires advance planning.
—Kristin C. Lyle, MD, FAAP, a mom of three girls and disaster medical director at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, both in Little Rock
Mommy MD Guides-Recommended Product: Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover
Moms know breastfeeding is 24/7 – so it should be comfortable. That’s even more important when you’re out and about with your baby. Bebe au Lait revolutionized breastfeeding in public in 2004 by creating a stylish solution – a line of nursing covers that are both functional and fabulous. Bebe au Lait designed its nursing covers with a patented rigid neckline that promotes bonding between Mom and Baby by allowing an unobstructed view of baby during nursing. The covers are perfectly sized to give you the ultimate privacy, and are available in a wide variety of beautiful prints in high quality fabrics. Each cover also features internal terry cloth pockets that double as small item storage and as a quick clean up cloth after nursing. They can also be used as a sunshade over a front carrier. You can buy Bebe au Lait nursing covers and Bebe au Lait’s, Hooter Hiders for around $35. They’re available online at www.bebeaulait.com, through specialty retailers and national retail chains such as Babies R Us and Nordstrom.