I've tried, numerous times, to imagine what I thought about breastfeeding before I actually breastfed. Honestly, though, it's like another life. Does parenting change you that much, or is my inability to recall pre-baby life the lasting affects of sleep deprivation? Being the knowledgeable boob juicing professional that I am now, I wouldn't mind a brief return to the beginner's mind to get the list of questions I want to ask my former self about breastfeeding off my chest. (Pun intended.)
Ever the depth psychologist, I would adore having a conversation with my former self, digging into what that baby-free person thought about breastfeeding, how they may have been romanticizing it, and how I could help them prepare better for it. You see, dear reader, with all the "breast is best" hype that has been popular the past decade (or more) I was all sorts of confused before I started breastfeeding. That confusion led to some mighty painful, both physical and emotional, times. I honestly wouldn't mind avoiding those times, regardless of how knowledgable they ultimately made me.
Questions allow self-exploration in a way that advice never does. The opportunity to question my former self about breastfeeding misconceptions, triggers, and logistics may — in my imaginary, alternate reality where this is actually possible — make the whole process easier and more self-forgiving. I could be well prepared instead of romantically ignorant. With that in mind, here are the questions I want to ask my pre-baby, pre-nursing, and pre-exhausted self about breastfeeding: