15 Kinds of Nursing Babies

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By Supriya Kelkar

I nursed my oldest child until he was 17 months old, stopping when my milk dried up from my second pregnancy. And I am currently nursing my second child, who is 12 months old.

Through the over two years and counting that I have nursed two different babies, there have been many times that my children were like the sweet, sleeping babies in the breastfeeding pamphlets they send you home from the hospital with. But there have also been many occasions when they were not at all like the peaceful babies pictured there. In fact, some of these moments are so absurd, I was not at all prepared for what they would be like, because I had never seen them depicted in a breastfeeding book or brochure.

In fact, some of these moments are so absurd, I was not at all prepared for what they would be like, because I had never seen them depicted in a breastfeeding book or brochure.

I soon realized there are 15 kinds of nursing babies that aren’t so well publicized:

  • The Clown. Don’t be fooled by this nursing baby’s name. The Clown is not funny. The Clown takes constant breaks from nursing to stretch your nipple with her fingers, like she is stretching out a new balloon before inflating it, pulling it out way farther than you thought was physically possible. The Clown may not be humorous, but she will laugh a lot. Because seeing you squeal in pain is hilarious.

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