I love breastfeeding my babies. I nursed my older son until he was almost a 3-year-old toddler, and I'm currently nursing my 18 month old (with no signs of slowing down). Breastfeeding, for us and once we made it over a few bumps, has been a completely rewarding and fulfilling experience. Still, I must admit there were more than a few things I wish I'd known about breastfeeding when I was a new mom, starting my breastfeeding journey and (understandably) clueless.
I was surprised at how difficult breastfeeding could be, and my confidence was shaken as a result. I was afraid and unsure as to whether or not my body was going to be able to do what I was asking of it. It seemed like other mothers were effortlessly nursing their babies, and I was devastated that it didn't seem to come naturally for me. Luckily I was able to continue, but I really wish there had been someone to tell me the following things, to save me the self-doubt and recrimination. So, with that in mind and in the name of solidarity and continued education, here are a few things I wish I'd known about breastfeeding when I first started.