When you were expecting your first child and pictured feeding that baby, did you see yourself peacefully holding your baby to your breast and nursing effortlessly? I think a lot of us did. Valerie from Chronicles of a Babywise Mom sure did. She writes:
Breastfeeding didn’t start out anything like I had ever imagined it would. I had idealistic visions. My beautiful little newborn would be brought to the breast and would nurse perfectly. Why wouldn’t the baby do so? Sure, there might be a bump here or there, but I would lightly laugh them away and we would continue forward. Breastfeeding would be easy. Breastfeeding wouldn’t hurt. It was the natural thing to do and the way God designed the body, so of course it would be simple. It would be natural. It would be second nature. It would be a beautiful thing that bonded my baby to me.