When my partner and I brought home our son, breastfeeding was high on the list of things that caused challenges. In fact, though it’s been a couple years and my memory may be a bit shaky, I think it’s safe to say that it was my biggest struggle as a new mom. If other moms I’ve talked to are any indicator, I’m not alone. The mental pep talks I often gave myself were some next-level motivation, since that’s what it took to figure things out when it came to actually being able to breastfeed my son. There were some necessary mantras for women struggling with breastfeeding that I frequently repeated to myself.
Of course, I'm not saying endlessly repeated mantras were the only reason my son and I eventually became breastfeeding pros. I wish I could say that but, in the spirit of complete honesty and transparency, being able to breastfeed is much harder than simply mumbling a few inspirational sentences to yourself. Then again, I am convinced the following mantras didn't hurt, either. In the end, you do what you have to do, you warrior woman of a breastfeeding mom, you.
For the record, my experience is coming strictly from someone who struggled with breastfeeding but who opted, and was physically able, to stick with it. There are plenty of reasons why a mom struggling with breastfeeding would decide not to continue, or be unable to continue, and I want to make sure those moms know that I see them, too. However, for those who are able to keep on keeping on with breastfeeding, this list may come in handy: