I breast feed and it hurts my nipple alot still. And no its not awkward at all, at least not to me. And when you're family is there just cover your self. And you can pump. And your breast stop hurting once you start to breast feed.
Great questions - it did hurt, at first. The pain at first was more than just nipples too. Nursing releases a hormone that encourages your uterus to contract so that's fun…The intensity of the contractions of the uterus increase with each child b/c your body knows what to do. Being this is your first time nursing it probably won't be as intense. Nursing was a decision I felt good about and knew it was the right decision. When visitors came by they were respectful. I had a great nursing cover too which was great. My husband was helpful b/c it definitely can be awkward trying to juggle a wiggly baby and a cover and your clothes…!
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http://************/category/bf/ is a great resource. It's awkward at first to nurse in front of others. The first couple times you do it the awkwardness goes away. I hated using a cover. Instead I use the "two shirt method" you wear a nursing tank or a tank top with a stretchy elastic like top under a t shirt or other shirt. When you go to nurse you reach under and pull your breast out over the tank top and then raise your shirt up and latch baby on. The more you get the hang of it the swifter you can latch baby on! It cover the top of your boob and the skin of your tummy. Nothing shows! To me it's less discreet than a cover. To me a cover says, "Hey! I'm nursing!" Lol! People have confused my babies as sleeping while I was really nursing them. Haha