So far, motherhood has been hard. To be fair, I haven't had to deal with a child going through puberty or trying to teach a teenager how to drive. I'm a mom to a 2-year-old toddler, and I haven't even tackled potty training yet. I have been through the newborn stage, sleep training, returning to work and starting childcare, and a year of taming toddler tantrums as a solo parent (courtesy of deployment), though. Honestly, none of that holds a candle to my biggest motherhood challenge: nursing. Yes, breastfeeding is the hardest part of parenting, and I have no doubts about it. Maybe I'll change my mind as I become a more experienced mom, but I honestly doubt it.
My own mom is a huge champion of breastfeeding. I was already inclined to parent as I was parented, so the research I did on the benefits of breast milk only served to solidify my commitment to exclusively breastfeed for the first year of my child's life. After all my careful preparation and the assurances of others that breastfeeding was the easiest thing in the world, it was a slap in the face when that first feeding session was an undeniable failure. During my breastfeeding journey I struggled with low supply and, eventually, made the heartbreaking (for me) decision to supplement with formula. I hung on and was able to nurse for about seven months before I decided to fully wean my baby.
I know that parenthood is full of trials and tribulations (many of which I've yet to encounter), but I think the special circumstances around breastfeeding make it a significant obstacle. So if you manage to come out the other side of sustaining a tiny human life with your body, I think you can safely assume you can handle whatever else being a parent throws your way.