When I was pregnant with the girls I was HELL BENT on nursing them. I bought every nursing pillow and aid for nursing. I read every book on nursing and nursing twins. I got my hands on a good pump AND rented a hospital pump for the first month. I was SURE I was going to be able to nurse my girls for a long while. After they were born that dream slowly unraveled. Between feeding tubes, my milk not coming in, an extended NICU stay and other factors I ended up only being able to pump and supplement with formula. I was close to devastated that my dream didn't work out. Because I required IVF and a C-section that was going to be the ONE THING I could do "naturally".
When I got pregnant with Jack I decided that I was going to nurse but I was going to take a much more laid back approach. I read a great book that made nursing sound a lot more natural and easy than the books I had read in the past. I got my Boppy ready but also bought some formula just in case.
Within minutes of Jack being born the boy was ready to nurse. He was rooting and sucking like a mad man. Because I struggled with the anesthesia I wasn't able to nurse until I got into my room which was hours after he was born. Thankfully he started to nurse like a pro.
Since then nursing has been both way easier and way harder than I anticipated. We've hit some bumps in the road like thrush, engorgement, horrible pain, problems latching and being exhausted from doing every single feeding. The great parts have been a baby who shows awesome feeding cues and is a great eater. I knew nursing was a time investment but that was an understatement. Some days it feels like all I do is feed him. I am just so thankful that I am getting the chance to do this one "normal", "natural" thing. IVF and C-section aside my body is cooperating with this one part.