I'm in my third trimester with baby number two. Four years ago when I had my first child I breastfed, and it was agonizing for two months. She would start her hungry cry and then I would start crying because I knew she was about to start nursing and that it was going to hurt so bad. Nothing was ever cracked or bleeding, I do remember some blisters, but mostly I just remember piercing hyper sensitive pain. I stuck it out and she breastfed for 10 months. Now that I'm pregnant again, I am so happy except when I remember those first months of nursing, and it makes me feel like a coward. I still want to do it, but I'll be working this time around, and I'll have a four year old watching me, and I don't know how that's going to work if I'm in obvious pain. At the time my Mom told me the nursing problem was normal and that my nipples would toughen up. I've done some internet searches and some places say it's normal to have pain and some say that means you're nursing wrong. I'll breastfeed either way, but I want to know if it really is normal, or if there is something I can do to avoid it this time around.