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I Wouldn't Have Survived Breastfeeding Without the Help of a Lactation Consultant

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As an expectant mom, I saw so many beautiful images of women breastfeeding their babies. I was confident that breastfeeding was the route I wanted to take, and barring any major obstacles, I was determined to take it. After all, we're talking about the most natural way to feed a baby, right? Little did I know, "natural" wouldn't come all that naturally to me.

The struggle started in the hospital. Those days were such a blur, but what wasn't a blur was how badly my nipples hurt. Arriving home, things didn't get any better. In fact, they got worse., leaving no rebound time for my nipple situation to improve. My mom, having breastfed both my sister and me, was supportive. "It'll get easier," she would say. Meanwhile, my grandmother would pull me aside: "Girl, why don't you just give that baby a bottle?" she would whisper.

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