What surprised you the most about breastfeeding? For World Breastfeeding Week, we asked bloggers to share their biggest breastfeeding surprises

This week is World Breastfeeding Week and the theme is about working together to help support each other. We'll be sharing our favourite breastfeeding posts across social media (follow us on Twitter and Facebook) and we also have an exciting giveaway coming up in the next few days.

For many people breastfeeding can a big unknown. Despite breastfeeding being something you learn about in NCT classes and NHS ante-natal courses and a topic that is covered in baby books, the experience when you're actually faced with your hungry new baby can be nothing like you've imagined.

We've previously covered topics about breastfeeding tips for new mums and how to breastfeed when your baby has allergies. So for our first post to mark World Breastfeeding Week, we asked bloggers to tell us what surprised them the most about breastfeeding in a bid to help support mums-to-be and new parents who might be wondering what it's really like:

What surprised me the most about breastfeeding was how insecure and self-conscious you can feel at first and then as soon as you both get the hang of it, how bloody marvellous you feel. It's magic, absolute magic watching your baby grow and get everything it needs from you from the outside. It's one of the most rewarding things I've ever accomplished. Katie, Enchanting Blog

Beforehand, I thought that breastfeeding either came easily or that problems were insurmountable. So I guess my surprise was that hitting roadblocks, even big ones, didn't have to spell the end of the breastfeeding journey. Adele, Beautiful Tribe

I was surprised at how intense the 'let down' could be. It was never as strong with my eldest but with my second time around it would bubble up and gush out of me in a raging torrent like a waterfall! Molly, Mother's Always Right

For me it was the difference between baby one and baby two. One all little and often and no leakage. Two on for hrs and boobfountainmania. Eleanor,The Bristol Parent

How different everyone's experiences are. Mine experience was pretty much identical both times. I do remember needing to drink so much water and having a hugely sweet tooth during the time I was feeding. I was also expecting weaning off feeding to be difficult but it happened super easily and naturally both times. Rachel, The Little Pip

That it's hard. That you need loads of support in the early days. That you'll use Kelly mom as your breastfeeding bible into the wee hours of the morning. That you'll be ravenous. That you'll do your best thinking stuck under a snuggly boob monster. That you get really good at wearing vests under EVERYTHING! Mel, Mel Wiggins

You'll never own enough vests. Bryony

That you might hate it, despite the NCT workshop and the feeding bras and the good intentions. And that if you stop it doesn't make you less of a mother. I think it's one of the first clues that parenting isn't really about you! Lottie, Oyster and Pearl

I have breastfed four children and was surprised how much support I needed to establish feeding with each of my newborns. It was always like completely starting again as I had different experiences with every baby. Latching a tiny mouth onto a huge, tender boob is never easy to begin with so I'm very grateful for the support I had from our local midwives. Claire, Diary of the Evans-Crittens

How you have to get used to your child putting their hand down your top at inappropriate times, such as when you are doing the food shop or talking to people such as the postman or builders (both in my case). Once they get a little older they know what they want and they want it now and it doesn't matter if your discussing bathroom fittings in Halfords, luckily it's so portable - Laura, SideStreet Style

What surprised me was how different my first and second experiences were. First-time-round we really struggled at first and needed a lot of help for a long time. Second-time-round my baby latched perfectly straight away - I was amazed! It's important to know that lots of people struggle, it's not just you - but help is available. Gill, A Baby on Board

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