Breastfeeding has been an interesting journey for me. There are many, many important things to know about breastfeeding that I wish I'd discovered before experiencing them. I started out filled with anxiety surrounding it. Anxiety that I wouldn’t have enough breastmilk for my baby, anxiety that it would be too painful to bear, anxiety that I would end up with mastitis... I just had so much anxiety.
What’s funny is that all of those things ended up happening to me, but I continued to breastfeed my daughter, and our breastfeeding relationship lasted for almost 2 years. Then with my second baby, I thought I’d be footloose and fancy free, since I had already experienced so many issues, and worked through them successfully. I was neither footloose nor fancy free, and it was another struggle. But I am still breastfeeding him at 19 months, and we’re fine these days.
Now, I’m not trying to tell you that you should breastfeed for as long as I have, or that you’re any kind of failure if you don’t make it past the first month, or choose not to breastfeed entirely. I’m just telling you that all your fears can come to fruition, and you can still manage to breastfeed successfully. Whatever your definition of success is.
There’s no doubt, however, that having some friends sit me down and give me a pep talk about what was ahead of me would have helped.