Breastfeeding is no simple task. Yes, it's one of the most natural things in the world, but that doesn't mean it will always come naturally or easily. And although technically the only two things you need to breastfeed are a pair of boobs and a baby, there are a few tools that will make it 10 times easier on you. In other words, don't start breastfeeding without these tools.
If I'm being totally honest (and why not, right?) the first few weeks I nursed my first daughter were rough. Even though she latched on during skin-to-skin time after delivery, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never held a newborn before, much less sat naked with a tiny human who I'd just pushed out of me and tried to feed it. In the following weeks we struggled with proper latch and painful engorgement, but eventually — with lots of patience, stubbornness, and a few helpful tools — we got the hang of it.
I don't think my story is that unique. Many moms struggle with issues far worse than poor latch or engorgement. But nonetheless, breastfeeding rarely looks like it does in our imaginations. Armed with a few of these tools that saved both my sanity and my breasts, you'll be a more confident and comfortable breastfeeding mama.