If only there was a one-size-fits-all, infallible answer to the age-old question that is, "How do I survive breastfeeding?" If my circle of friends is any indication, the spectrum of experiences that breastfeeding moms can become acquainted with is all over the map. Some love it, some hate it, some have few (if any) struggles, while some are totally challenged from the very beginning and are unable to (or chose not to) continue. Still, I’d wager that there are some common feelings that afflict the majority of breastfeeding moms as they get the hang of feeding another human being with their body on the regular. For most of us, it’s a new, tiring experience, so it’s no wonder that it takes some dealing.
If I could go back and tell past me a few key, spoiler-but-ultimately-helpful things about the tumultuous thrill ride that is breastfeeding, I totally would and without an ounce of hesitation. In fact, I may even bookmark this list to share with any friends who are embarking on their own breastfeeding journey, because it's not always easy and acknowledging that fact can, in turn, actually make it easier. After all, it's called a "journey" because it’s exhausting and it feels long and your clothes get messy, and if that doesn’t describe a journey, I don’t know what does.
Is breastfeeding beautiful and wonderful and magical and an incredible bonding moment and any other positive synonym you could possibly come up with? Yes, it is. For some. For others it's difficult and heartbreaking and painful, and for others it's all of the above. Talking about how complex breastfeeding can be is never a bad thing, and if more new moms knew the following, more mothers might just be able to survive breastfeeding a little easier, and with much more positive synonyms to describe their experience, than negative ones.