Sometimes it's hard to remember a time when nursing was really, really hard. Not that it wasn't because it damn near broke my soul in the first week of my son's life, and continued to challenge me for several weeks thereafter. Eventually, though, things went pretty smoothly. So smoothly, in fact, that between two children I nursed for three years and six months. So my last memories of nursing are those of a rambunctious toddler using full sentences to ask to nurse, and not of those first few months of breastfeeding. However, if I look back and really dig through the mommy haze of the past five years, I can begin to feel those at-the-ready baby gums, seemingly set on destroying my nipples.
Full disclosure: breastfeeding goes a bit differently for everyone, so I can really speak to what I personally wen through here. That said, I have a lot of experience in this particular area, and breasts and babies usually work in pretty similar ways. If I could give but one piece of advice on the first few months of breastfeeding it would be this: you're not alone, and you're not crazy in thinking this is really tough, because even under the best conditions this is not easy. There's a lot to figure out, get used to, and juggle. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make it a little bit easier on yourself, including the following: