But in a cruel twist of mother nature's fate I've forgotten (or more likely blocked out) a lot of those early, difficult times and now feel like I'm almost back to square one. I definitely want to breastfeed peanut and so with plenty of time until he comes along in November (or there abouts) I've decided to do some proper preparation this time around. So it was fortuitous that I read the excellent Six Ways To Prepare For Breastfeeding from Adele over at Circus Queen and I immediately ordered her recommended reading - 'The Food Of Love' by Kate Evans. Now I expected to smile or perhaps chuckle a bit thanks to Adele and others' reviews but I wasn't prepared to snort my decaf coffee down my nose at six o'clock in the morning. Not pleasant but hellishly funny.
'The Food Of Love' is not all mirth (although the cartoons of feeding positions are side-splittingly good, and familiar for a second time mum!) and so far I've bookmarked a number of pages of advice and guidance that I want to read again when the time comes. It's also causing me to flip-flop between approaches - from Gina Ford's routines (veritable cocaine to a type A certified list maker like me) to burning my bra and going with the flow, quite literally. We'll probably end up with a combination of the two, with lots of advice from my lovely Mummy friends thrown in for good measure, but for now it's enough to know that I'm arming myself with some knowledge for this second breastfeeding adventure.