You probably read a bit about breastfeeding, maybe took a class if your hospital offered one. Maybe you trolled the web for breastfeeding discussions or talked to other moms you know about what to expect as a nursing mother. But nothing can truly prepare you for the incredible experience of breastfeeding your very own baby using your very own breasts.
I’m on my second go-round as a breastfeeder and I was surprised at how easily it all came back to me with baby number two. I’m also surprised about how much I forgot in the interval between my two kids. Lots of things have come rushing back to me all at once, some pleasant others more wearying. Like, I’d forgotten how satisfying it is to watch a milk-drunk baby pop off the breast, fast asleep. And I’d forgotten how much I dislike the sensation of tiny fingernails clawing at my chest (shudder). But all in all, breastfeeding remains one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had a mother.
Here are five of things that I found to be true about breastfeeding that I think other nursing moms should know:
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