The week after Thanksgiving J and I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital where we'll deliver. It's also where we took our childbirth preparation classes and where we were thinking about taking newborn care, but have been having a tough time getting that scheduled. Anyway, one of my close friends who had a really successful breastfeeding experience (she was able to pump after returning to work full-time for an entire year) recommended taking a class. I thought the class was very informative and helpful. The nurse who taught the class was also a lactation consultant and had successfully breastfed all four of her children for around 18 months each! Wow, I'm hoping to make it to the 6 month mark exclusively breastfeeding and then to the year mark before stopping completely.
I really want breastfeeding to go well, and I'm starting to get a little nervous that it won't. I'm planning to see the lactation consultants at the hospital each day that I'm there and really commit myself to having a successful experience. I'm trying to decide if I should purchase any books about breastfeeding. At our class they gave us a list of websites that seemed really helpful, so I'm kind of leaning towards using those and just seeing how things go at first. Any recommendations you've heard for a successful breastfeeding experience?