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"What I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding"

Lessons moms learned while going down the nursing road.
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
March 2, 2017
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“I wish I had looked at diagrams of a proper latch. But, instead, I got hands-on help from family, friends, midwives and lactation consultants and that was absolutely priceless.” — cubits*

“That sometimes, no matter what you do, it won’t work out and it’s not your fault.” — kaar17

“That I would change my views on nursing in public completely. Before, I thought it was unnecessary, but now I think that people who have a problem with it can just look away!” — finallywed!

“If only I’d known she would want to eat every hour for the first couple of weeks. I felt like all I did was nurse her!” — fairiestarrdust

“That your nipples can spray milk during letdown — what a surprise that was!” — mariamaria

“The horrible pain, cracked and bleeding nipples I was going to have. It hurt like a mother! But I stuck with it and it got so much better.” — rd’sgirl

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