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Easiest thing I've ever done
Very easy, with some persistence
Not hard, but not easy either
Pretty hard but I made it through and kept nursing past 6 months
Very hard and I fought HARD to keep nursing and succeeded past 6 months
Very hard and I couldn't keep nursing past 6 months
So difficult that I was unable to nurse until 6 months
Total Votes: 81
Total Votes: 81
That breastfeeding might be EASY.
Telling someone it's natural does not equal telling them it will be easy.
All I EVER see is, "it's going to be really really hard, but don't give up," or, "It's too hard, just use formula."
Well, for me it wasn't hard. It took some work in the first few days to get him interested in latching on, since he was so sleepy, but after that it's all he wanted to do.
I had zero pain.
I had zero problems.
I was told I would need nipple shields. I didn't.
I was given all kinds of creams for cracked or sore nipples that I ended up giving away.
I'm curious how hard it was for everyone else and if I'm some amazing coincidental fluke.
I also had ZERO interventions in his birth and ZERO drugs or medications administered and my son was not bathed immediately, the cord was not cut immediately, he got immediate and constant skin contact from the second he was born until the next day, he was not circumcized and did not see an artificial nipple until 6 months old.
These things are NOT sure ways to have an easy time breastfeeding, but I think it's possible that they played a role.
How was your breastfeeding experience?
Edit to add - I just wanted to explain that I described his birth because you rarely hear people compare breastfeeding experiences with birth experiences and third stage experiences, but there are a lot of influences that happen at that time.