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A bunch of women have just discovered what their milk ducts look like and WHAT.

Have you ever spared a moment to think about what your milk ducts look like?

If you’ve got children, sure, you might have.

There’s a good chance you’ve cursed them too for either A) getting blocked and infected while breastfeeding (hey, mastitis, looking at you) or b) not producing enough milk and making your feel like a failure – which you’re not.

Side note – thought you knew everything about breastfeeding? Of course you didn’t, but here’s some insane facts about what it’s like to breastfeed around the world. Post continues after video.

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But if the closest you’ve come to having kidlets is pulling funny faces at them on the train, the exact anatomy of your milk ducts – the tubes that deliver your breast milk to your nipples – might be unknown to you.

Until now.

Earlier this week, a Twitter user who goes by Artist Formerly Known As Byeonce shared an image of the female muscular system. It included milk ducts.

Nothing strange or weird about it except HOLY HELL WHAT ARE THOSE TERRIFYING CREATURES AROUND MY NIPPLES?!

“I just realised I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like,” the user tweeted, and we have to agree.

The tweet has since gone viral – over 40,000 people have re-tweeted it, presumably because they had no freaking clue what milk ducts actually look like either.

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Some of the best reactions on the Twitter thread sum up the conflicting emotions we’re feeling about those creepy, but eerily beautiful milk ducts:

  • I DON’T WANT BABIES ANYMORE.
  • We aren’t supposed to see this. We weren’t supposed to know.
  • It sort of looks like…flesh flowers? Terrifying but also kind of beautiful?
  • I will never un-see this.
  • This is cool but I’m also disgusted.
  • This made my skin crawl.

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Because, Twitter, people also came up with a handy list of what these milk ducts look like:

  • Flowers.
  • A rat king (Google this at your own peril).
  • Water balloons.
  • A colour wheel at the nail salon.
  • Tampons.
  • Jellyfish.

Others pointed out it’s unusual so many people haven’t seen an image of the female body before, noting that an image like this isn’t generally used educationally.

However you feel about knowing what milk ducts really look like, we can all agree that this image can never be un-seen.

Ever.

Did you already know what milk ducts look like? How does this image make you feel? Tell us in the comments!

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