Few subjects receive quite the attention as breastfeeding. Any mom who has breastfed has stories to tell about the experience. And why not? Breastfeeding becomes one of the most prominent activities in your life if you do it. You’re liable to spend hours each day – and night – nursing. It can be all-consuming.
At its best, breastfeeding is a bonding experience. You and your baby sit cuddled together, sharing love as your provide an elemental service in feeding the baby from your own body.
And then your baby bites you. Or sticks her finger up your nose. Or cranes his neck around to see what’s going on, thus exposing your breast to an icy-blast of air conditioning in the middle of a shopping mall.
Breastfeeding can be frustrating, difficult, or outright painful. Most mothers I’ve spoken too will talk about the early weeks of nursing as a challenge. You’ll hear stories of mastitis, thrush, cracked and bleeding nipples. You’ll hear about endless nights feeding an insatiable infant, hours of contact leaving mom touched out and exhausted.
I asked readers on Facebook and Twitter to share some of their breastfeeding experiences, the good and the bad. Click through to read what real moms say!
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