For the record, it's absolutely OK to publicly admit that you love breastfeeding. I don't think there's a damn thing wrong with saying it was easy for you, enjoyable for you, and a great bonding experience for you. No, not everyone has an easy go of it, but I don't think celebrating your personal breastfeeding experience is wrong. Having said that, there are more than a few things that are OK to hate about breastfeeding, too. Just like it's OK to openly revel in all your breastfeeding glory, it's absolutely OK to admit that, yeah, nursing kind of sucks. Pun intended.
Trust me when I say I've been there, so I know how difficult breastfeeding can be. Even once my son and I got the hang of it, there were still parts of nursing that were horribly frustrating and, occasionally, super-painful. Actually, now that I think about it, if anyone wants to send any good-luck vibes, since my second baby is on the way and I’m going to attempt to do it all over again, I’ll gladly accept them.
For real though, I have so many friends who had trouble breastfeeding, I’ve read countless accounts online, and I’ve seen a lactation consultant. Come to think of it, the fact that lactation consultants even exist let's me know I'm not alone in the breastfeeding struggles. While a dislike of breastfeeding (even a temporary one) can weigh heavily on a mom, there are some parts of the overall process that, to me, seem totally normal to dislike. And really, even for those who have an easy, effortless time sustaining a child with their bodies, there are very few things I want to do six to eight times a day for months on end. So, personally, I think it’s totally normal to have a few issues with the whole process.