Motherhood, especially early motherhood, can easily rock your confidence. There's so much to learn, the stakes are high, the learning curve is unforgiving, and it's easy to feel like you can't do anything right. In my opinion, this is when you should focus on the things you know you're doing well. For me, that was nursing, and the act of breastfeeding made me feel more confident as a mom. It was the one area where I knew, even after a difficult start, that I was hitting my goals.
All new moms need a confidence boost. In my experience, that boost usually comes from other moms who are in the trenches of parenthood, too, and can let you know you're not doing anything wrong at all. Sometimes you're reminded you're not failing miserably when your own mom says she is proud of you (especially when she says so unprompted). Other times it's as simple as hearing an encouraging word from your partner, doctor, boss, or even just a smile from your sweet baby.
In other words, there are numerous places you can look for, and find, reassurance when you need it, especially when you're a new mother and you're riddled with self-doubt. While it's not always a source of optimism, because nursing struggles are real, breastfeeding can make a new mom feel capable and proud when they're fulfilling a role that's intimidating as hell. That's what breastfeeding, thankfully, did for me, and in the following ways: