Few images pull the heartstrings like that of a nursing baby in a mother's arms. They are relaxed, bonded, full of the joy and magic of new life. It's just so ideal.
For many people, though, that's not the whole story. Breast-feeding can sometimes be a complicated process that takes adjustment, practice and learning on both the baby's and the mother's parts. It can, for a new mom, be an unexpected struggle.
It can also offer some very pleasant surprises.
Here, 10 things your girlfriends (or your birthing-class instructor) might not be telling you about breast-feeding, beginning at the very beginning.
First: Have they told you your milk won't come in until a few days after you give birth?