I think I was a lot like many new moms. I read a lot while I was pregnant but I had never seen anyone nurse her baby. I read about La Leche League but I didn’t know there were meetings nearby. LLL was so famous that it seemed more like a legend than something I would find in my little town.
A few things surprised me when I got to breastfeed for real. I was pretty impressed with how well my body performed--creating a baby from scratch and then sorting out how to feed her. I had read about breast anatomy, the whole alveoli clusters idea, but I was really surprised to find that my milk came out in several thin streams.
I found out about that when my milk let down when my daughter was a couple of weeks old and she came off my breast for a minute and milk sprayed out. I guess I expected it to be like a bottle nipple with milk coming out one hole. In fact there are 9-15 holes in the end of each nipple. Each cluster of milk producing alveoli leads to a separate stream. So each stream is really tiny, but taken together it makes a lot of milk!
Of course I found that there was LLLC in my little town and it wasn’t long before I attended my first meeting!
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