Our pediatrician suggested going "all in" with breastfeeding, meaning cut all bottles and formula, and basically just allow Jacob to learn that breastfeeding was the way it was going to be. This was really difficult for both he and I, mostly because I had no idea what I was going and was worried he would be starving.
After a while, we started to get the hang of things. Sure, he still clawed like Wolverine and we had major latching issues. I would cry when he latched because I was so sore. I discovered that I had an overactive letdown and oversupply issue, so I continued to pump and even had to pump before feedings so he wouldn't get flooded with milk every time he ate. There were times I cried and vowed to never breastfeed again. So how did I make it this far you ask?
I don't think anything could have prepared me for how hard breastfeeding has been. It's fair to say I didn't really know anything going into it, despite taking a class at the hospital. And, if I'm being honest, if I hadn't reached out to those moms there is a very good chance that I would have quit already.
To wrap things up, if you are a new mom, or are planning on having kids soon and planning to breastfeed, know that it is difficult, rewarding, frustrating, and confusing, but know that it is that way for everyone. You are not alone. Reach out to other moms and do what's best for you. Who knows when I go back to work what will happen. I may have to stop sooner than I'd like. But, I feel good knowing that I have given it a good go so far and will continue to do what's best for my little squishy...even if it meant 7 weeks of soreness, tears, and confusion. He is definitely worth it.