Honestly, I loved breastfeeding. I found it to be a special time when the world slowed down and I could concentrate on my son. It worked so well for us that we continued breastfeeding until he self-weaned when he was over 2 years old. However, it didn't start out positive. In fact, I had to see a lactation consultant for advice and support. There was one pivotal day that changed my experience from bad to good, though, and that experience seems universal after some moms shared the moment breastfeeding got easier for them, too.
The day that changed it all for me was my first appointment with the aforementioned lactation consultant. She changed absolutely everything about my breastfeeding relationship with my son. She gave me practical tips on how to improve my baby's latch and increase my milk supply and, I have no doubt, is a big reason why I was able to breastfeed my son for as long as I did.
The way we feed our babies is a personal choice and some women experience difficulties that make breastfeeding taxing or even impossible. It's important to remember that if breastfeeding is important to you, many of the barriers you face are barriers you can overcome (although it's worth remembering that every woman is different so that might not be true for absolutely everyone). These women experienced some problems when they first started nursing, but found that one thing that really turned things around.