One can never be too complacent where breastfeeding is concerned. We all know the first few weeks of breastfeeding hurt. For some incredibly lucky ladies who don't experience any breast pain, there is still the learning curve and awkward dance of holding a new baby while hoping she gets the nourishment she needs from you.
Breastfeeding the second baby might be easier but it's still no cake walk. The dance and cradling might be easier and might come back to you via some previously learned memory in your muscles. Unfortunately, it is still dependent on your baby, and your breasts and nipples might still need some getting used to if they've been given some reprieve.
Ten months into the journey of breastfeeding my second baby, breastfeeding is still not completely pain or hassle free. While my nipples are not sore anymore and she nurses well, my body seems to still be figuring this out! At a time when those who are still nursing have gotten it down, engorgement and leaks are still an issue for me. At any moment in time, a single poorly latched feeding, a whack in the chest or even just a stressful day could lead to painful plugged ducts and milk blisters that require prompt attention before they escalate into bigger issues.
On the eve of an 18-hour long haul flight, a portion of me the size of a golf ball is plugged, engorged and hurting with new milk blisters forming. My baby stops wanting to nurse from this side since the milk is probably not flowing. Is this from complacency, stress or just plain bad luck? I spent an entire day applying heat, massage, vibration, and ultimately had to take a needle to the problem to help the milk flow. Disaster was averted as she sucked the problem away, finally.
The day left me drained and wiped out from the stress around the pain and making sure she would continue to nurse while on a two-week trip to Singapore. (Her older brother decided to stop nursing exactly a week before a similar month-long trip 2 years ago!)
One thing's for sure. I will be packing many many TendHer Pillows with me on my flight where there is plenty of hot water to heat up my pillows in case I get plugged on the flight from holding the kiddies! The other heating solutions out there might allow you to use a microwave, but it's not going to help when one isn't readily available on the plane! TendHer Pillows feel cool on their own and its primitive heating method ensures you are never without soothing treatment!