Re: Tips for 2nd time mom-to-be?
Congrats on baby #2!
Milk typically comes in slightly sooner with your second baby. But you should still expect to have only colostrum for the first 2-5 days after birth.
Breastfeeding is often easier with the second baby, but you can struggle just as hard with your 9th baby as with your 1st. A lot depends on the baby- if the baby is sleepy, or has trouble latching, or has a tongue tie, etc.
There is absolutely an adjustment in the family when a new baby comes along. Your toddler may be very interested in the new baby, especially at first. After a while, she may become resentful of the new baby, when she discovers how much of mom's attention is diverted from her. Unless she weaned very recently, she's unlikely to be all that interested in breastfeeding, but she may ask what you're doing. "I am feeding the baby milk from my breast, just like a mommy cat feeds her kittens" is usually a satisfying answer for a toddler. Many kids do nurse their dolls, some don't. It's normal either way.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"