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21 Struggles Breastfeeding Mommas Know All Too Well

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1. The engorgement.

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And the total agony of even lightly grazing your recently developed rock hard boulder boobs, which if you're really lucky, are totally uneven in their swelling.

2. Knowing your baby is crying from miles away. And feeling guilty about it.

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It happens when you're at work, on date night, or out with your girlfriends. You don't actually hear the baby, of course. But your boobs do. Loud and clear. Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry...

3. The first time you discover that omg this kid bites.

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If you're still nursing after your child has cut a tooth or two, it's only a matter of time before the unthinkable happens and you find out exactly what kind of Mom you are – the kind that lets out a cute "ouch" under pressure, or the kind that throws the kid off of you while screaming, well, a different four-letter word.

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5. The friends and family asking you when you're going to stop.

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No matter if you have a 3-year-old, an 18-month-old, or a child who was born that day, people are always getting on their judgy-wudgy horses and encouraging you to wean your offspring to their preferred timeline. Because it's totally their business.

7. The latching difficulties.

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Some babies latch on like A-1 champs from the start (who are these overachieving babies, though?) but many others will need a little coaxing, ie: rubbing your nipple across their lips and noses to entice them to eat. Not gonna lie, this one can get awkward.

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9. The anywhere-everywhere nursing demands.

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If you're still nursing at the toddler stage, your child yanking up your blouse in public, demanding "nanas" or "tee-tees" or whatever other cute nickname you have for your milk-makers, becomes pretty common. So is having to avert the stares of others waiting with bated breath for your response.

10. The mastitis, aka the most frightening word of all time.

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And the extremely uncomfortable process of having someone knead your breast like a loaf of sourdough to get the milk duct clots to dissipate. You definitely earned your stripes after this one, Momma.

11. The Whodini boobs.

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Those initially perky nursing boobs that droop to your ankles by round three, at which point "all points South" takes on a new meaning. Can you tie 'em in a knot, can you tie 'em in a bow?

12. The pump, pump, pumping it up!

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The undeniably difficult process of getting hooked up to that hospital-grade pump, which has your bedroom looking (and sounding!) like a dairy.

13. The self-imposed comparisons to other nursing Moms.

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If you're struggling with breastfeeding, the woman next to you is not and you feel horrible. If you're not struggling with breastfeeding, the woman next to you is, and you feel horrible.

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18. The guilt when things don't go as planned.

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Like when you have to top off the bottle with formula because you didn’t pump enough this time. Of course, deep down you know the baby will be fine and, more importantly, fed.

21. And the feels. All the feels.

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The oxytocin that puts you on cloud nine while you and your baby bond, and having to answer your partner when they ask why they don’t get that reaction from you. I love you too, Babe. Honest.

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