I was surprised at how easy this all became after the initial week or two of discomfort. After she got the latch down and after my nipples and breasts adjusted then it seemed to be smooth sailing. No problems at all! And it surprised me just as much how easy it would be for her to wean. I really didn’t have a set date in mind, only that I wanted to get past her first birthday. I’m so glad we did.
The hardest thing about breastfeeding for me has been the ability to involve my husband. There was literally nothing he could do in the beginning, and that led to many times where I couldn’t leave the house outside of a 3-4 hour window, simply because I was the only one who could comfort her (and of course she would eat through all the pumped milk any time I left, leaving my husband helpless). It led to some frustration between my husband and I, but I was so glad that he provided a supportive environment and never pushed bottles or supplementing on me. I think it’s important to involve daddy in different ways, like bath time, and play time, so that he feels like he is a part of this all. Even during the night wakings, we would take turns waking up and bringing her into the bed to nurse. Now I think daddy is her favorite.