While breastfeeding is a perfectly natural way to feed a child — and should never be shamed or judged — it's not easy. And, at least in my experience, it's not this innate thing that every mom automatically knows how to do. So believe me when I say there were more than a few questions I made sure to ask my doctor about breastfeeding before I experienced it. I wanted to be as informed as possible, and after I started nursing my daughter I realized that there really is no such thing as "too much information" when it comes to learning how to feed another human being with your body.
In my experience, it can be somewhat difficult to ask your OB-GYN or midwife about breastfeeding. Since our society expects moms to just "know this stuff," asking a bunch of questions can make us soon-to-be moms feel, well, inept. I didn't want my doctor to know I had no idea what I was doing, which is ridiculous considering I had never breastfed a baby before. Turns out, moms feel an unbelievable amount of pressure to "be perfect" way before their babies are in their arms.
Thankfully, I did the work to get over my fears of appearing uneducated about breastfeeding, and asked a slew of questions about nursing and what I should expect. I quickly realized it was impossible for me to ask too many questions, and my team of doctors and nurses were more than happy to accommodate and give me as much information as possible. So if you're feeling a little unsure about the breastfeeding journey ahead, don't be afraid to ask your doctor the following questions (and any other questions you need answered):