Wish We'd Known: 18 Things No One Told Us About Breastfeeding

From the initial discomfort to the bottomless-pit hunger you'll feel, here's what we wish we'd known about breastfeeding (19 Photos)

Elena Donovan Mauer on Mar 13, 2013 at 7:16PM

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18 Things We Wish We'd Known About Nursing

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a Elena Donovan Mauer on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:34PM

Unless you spent your pregnancy hiding under a rock, you've probably heard a few things about breastfeeding. You know that it's natural and sort of intuitive, but that it's not always easy. But then are the other things that no one seems to tell you about. From yellow baby poop and sore nipples to breast milk snobbery and bottomless-pit hunger, here's what we wish we'd known about nursing.

Trust Your Instincts
Even if you take a breastfeeding class and read all about it online, nursing can still be confusing once you sit down to try it. That's why it's key to get help and to get help early: Breastfeeding success is all about getting a good start -- figuring out how often to feed your baby, how to get her to latch on properly and how to establish a strong milk supply. But once you know your baby is eating well and gaining weight (your doctor can weigh your baby to let you know), listening to too much advice can also stress you out. Just get the help you need and keep trying -- and don't give up. You'll get the hang of it.

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