Breastfeeding is beautiful, empowering, healthy, bond-forming, and awesome. But it also manages to be pretty gross too. As great as it is, it's definitely not glamorous all the time (or ever, really.) Whether you're a first time mom or a seasoned nursing pro, you're bound to identify with at least a few of these somewhat gross things about breastfeeding.
Believe it or not, all these gross aspects of pregnancy are totally healthy and normal. In fact, much like pregnancy and all of motherhood, the picturesque ideas we have of breastfeeding in our mind rarely pan out the way we planned.
Between my two daughters, I've breastfed for a combined total of more than three years. And although I absolutely loved breastfeeding and providing my daughters with the very best nutrition possible, sometimes I felt like a dairy cow whose sole purpose was to sit and sustain another human with my udders...er, boobs.
I never regretted it for a second though, because despite the hard moments, and even the downright gross ones, some of my favorite memories of my girls are from our times breastfeeding. So if you're struggling with any of these seven gross breastfeeding norms, take heart mama, because what you're doing is pretty amazing too.