Breastfeeding is no walk in the park. Ask any mom who has done it before or who is currently breastfeeding, and she will tell you all about the woes and wins of her journey nursing her child. Though breastfeeding is different for every mom, chances are that most moms have struggled with it whether they've breastfed for two weeks or two years.
If you're a friend or partner to a breastfeeding mom, you have an invaluable role. Whether you know it or not, the ways you support breastfeeding women can be powerful. For me, my friends and fellow breastfeeding moms, have been my support system as I've nursed my daughter and my husband has been my anchor during the late nights when the baby wasn't sleeping and only wanted to use me as a pacifier.
Most people don't know about the hard parts of nursing — the chapped nipples, swollen breasts, and feeling of having no time for yourself (and, of course, the judgmental eyes when you need to nurse in public.) Being an advocate for all breastfeeding women will not only encourage and empower them, but make you that much more of an awesome friend or partner.