This time you can change the story
A good time to start thinking about how you will have a better experience this time is when you are pregnant, especially around the second trimester when you are feeling well. Here are some things you can do:
Call the Breastfeeding Helpline
Talk through your previous experience with a breastfeeding counsellor.
Attend a breastfeeding workshop
A Breastfeeding Education Class or online Breastfeeding Education Live session with your partner or support person can get you both ready.
Become an ABA member
Join and attend some local group events while you are pregnant. You’ll make friends to add to your support team and you’ll hear from other mums how they overcame breastfeeding challenges.
Prepare a breastfeeding plan
Like a birth plan, it will help you and your family to think about some of the common issues or obstacles that may arise and how you will handle them.
Save the Breastfeeding Helpline number (1800 686 268)
If you hear something that doesn’t sound right, call us and check. You can even call from the hospital if you need to. Our counsellors are available 24/7.
We're here to support you.
Many women find they can breastfeed their next child, even if it didn’t work out before. We'd love to encourage you.
‘With my second baby I faced so many of the things I had with my first — a poor latch, lack of exposure to breastfeeding in general, nipple damage and infections, nipple shields, mastitis, an inability to express a lot of breastmilk ... but with the support of the ABA I am so proud to say that, with my second baby, I achieved all of my breastfeeding goals...
...When it all got too much and I was really struggling, I reached out to my new ABA mum friends and they gave me the advice I needed to get through the next feed, then the next. I made it 15 and a half months of breastfeeding! I am incredibly proud of that, 5 weeks with my first child to 15 months with my second is an incredible difference! I know that past breastfeeding experience is no indicator of future breastfeeding experiences and that with the support of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, I was to able to achieve more than I ever thought possible. I will always be thankful to everyone at ABA who gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to have a much nicer breastfeeding experience the second time around.'