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Mom's raw photo shows the painful side of breastfeeding: 'Why is this so hard?

Mom's raw photo shows the painful side of breastfeeding: 'Why is this so hard?
From Global News - August 11, 2017

Angela Burzo isnt afraid to reveal the difficulties of breastfeeding her 16-day-old daughter.

The 33-year-old mom-of-two, who posted a photo of herself breastfeeding on Instagram on Tuesday, dived into the painful realities of trying to feed a newborn, something many mothers could relate to.

I love seeing all these beautiful women in their beautiful nursing clothes smiling down at their babes as they lovingly look up back at them hand in hand while breastfeeding away. That is not my reality, the Florida mom wrote on the social media site.

This is real & as much as I want to stay strong and be the soldier I feel I can be I cannot hide the struggle that is BREASTFEEDING. Whether she is not latching on properly, whether I am not producing enough milk to keep up with her demand, whether my nipples might not be adequate, whether we confused her with having to give her a bottle after pumping whatever it may be it has been an emotional & painful struggle.

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I decided to post my breastfeeding photo because I was having a very emotional time with exclusively breastfeeding, she tells Global News. Society makes it seem like breastfeeding is so easy because they throw out how natural it is but they forget to mention all the struggles that is the reality of breastfeeding.

Her post, which soon went viral, was a complete surprise to the part-time financial representative.

I felt a huge overwhelming feeling like I had an obligation to all these new people and I wanted to run and hide, Burzo said. Now I feel like an inspiration for touching so many peoples lives in a positive way. Everyone has been so uplifting, encouraging and opening up about their own breastfeeding trials and tribulations.

When breastfeeding is painful

Maria Robertson, president and founder of the New Mummy Company in Oakville, Ont., says if youre having a hard time breastfeeding, remember that the newborn stage is very short.

Most moms encounter some difficulties in the early days and weeks, so if you do have some issues you are in the norm, its quite unusual to speak with a mom who had it plain sailing, she tells Global News. She adds most of us are not exposed to breastfeeding until we have to do it for the first time.

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This means we have very little practical and knowledgeable support available to us. If our own moms did breastfeed and many didnt, its been 20 to 40 years since they last had that experience. So, while they can be supportive, they wont have recent knowledge.

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Some signs to watch out for

Robertson says there are several things new parents need to look out for. If your nipples are cracked and very sore, its a sign the baby is not latching on properly. And even if the baby is sucking away, she adds, they may not be getting any milk from the breast.

Reaching out for help

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