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"What I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding"

Lessons moms learned while going down the nursing road.

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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

*Some usernames have been changed.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Moms' Tips for Breastfeeding When You're Back to Work

12 Ways to Make Breastfeeding Easier

-- The Bump Editors

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