Q&A: Why Do I Hate Breastfeeding?

I don't like breastfeeding. It doesn't make me feel all lovey like I thought it would — it just hurts. Am I a bad mom to want to stop?
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ByNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Mar 2017
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No. It makes sense to want to stop breastfeeding when it hurts. After all, avoiding pain is only human. But instead of quitting, get breastfeeding help. Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt, and you may be able to relieve your pain by making small adjustments to how your baby latches on. Once you’re no longer uncomfortable, you may even experience those lovey feelings you were expecting.

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