Breastfeeding is a choice that no one can make for you. It's a special aspect of motherhood that literally only you can decide to partake it. It can be an amazing time of bonding between a mom and baby, but it can also be very hard work. (Though, to be honest, what part of pregnancy and motherhood isn't hard work?) If you're planning to breastfeeding your baby, or even if you're on the fence between formula and nursing, there are a few questions to ask before you start breastfeeding that will help clarify the "how" and "why" for you.
For many moms, breastfeeding is their first and only option. But for others, formula feeding has definite up-sides. No matter where you fall on the breastfeeding-formula continuum, it's important to ask questions that go deeper than just how you feel in order to decide what will be the best option for you and your baby.
Obviously, it's impossible to know how breastfeeding will go until you give birth. For example, many babies that are born prematurely are unable to breastfeed at first, which could put a damper on breastfeeding at all. Other babies latch on right away with no difficulty. But having a plan in place, much like developing a birth plan, can give you confidence when the time comes.