"I spent 13 months breastfeeding! It was a tiring but forever rewarding experience! My first 30 hours after giving birth I was met with 3 lactation consultants. One was extremely helpful and patient. The other two did not ease my concerns at all. I left hopeful but I was soon met with the reality that this would not be as easy as media had made it seem. I met with my midwife for a 6 week check, by then I was feeling defeated and I was dealing with extreme postpartum baby blues. I didn’t know it then though. Or rather didn’t want to accept that this baby I wanted so badly had somehow come into my life and made me feel sad, angry and useless. Before I left that midwife appointment my midwife gave me about a page of tips and tricks to try! I left determined to meet my goal of successfully breastfeeding! If I could share one thing with moms it would be to remember the that the pump does not and will never compare to the suction of your baby! So if you only ever pump 3 ounces at a time! YOU ROCK! My daughter would make me feel relief after just 5 minutes on the breast while it took the pump minimum 15 minutes to feel slight relief after being painfully full. What helped me the most in my breastfeeding journey is having people encourage me instead of giving advice all the time. The hardest part of breastfeeding, was nursing in public and cluster feeding. Cluster feeding was simply exhausting to me. Especially once I got back to work it made me even more sad that I could not pump as much as I wanted. Breastfeeding in public meant most times I had to wear something breastfeeding friendly which wasn’t always what I wanted to wear! The absolute best part of breastfeeding was knowing I was giving my daughter exactly what she needed at all times and the bond we created!"