If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a small country to breastfeed one. A team of completely supportive people, present to guide you and provide you with adequate information, is essential when you're nursing. So make no mistake, there are people who will change your life when you're breastfeeding, and when you come across them you should absolutely hold onto them for dear life.
I had no idea what I was doing when I started my breastfeeding journey. Sure, I did my research and listened to the stories of other nursing moms and asked questions, but it wasn't until I pulled my hungry daughter up to me and watched her "root" that I realized I was in over my head and needed help. When she failed to latch, the hospital nurse called in a lactation consultant, and while I appreciated the extra help I also felt defeated... and right out of the proverbial gate.
The possibility of not being able to breastfeed my child was daunting. Luckily, my insurance company covered in-home lactation consultations, which I took full advantage of in the hopes the extra help would help me reach my nursing goals. So believe me when I say that breastfeeding doesn't always come "easily" for feel "natural." It took a lot of advice and support from a lot of sources to help me get through that first month of nursing. So with that in mind, here are some of the people who change your life when you're trying to feed another human being with your own body: