Don't get me wrong, I know there are many things that can make breastfeeding difficult and that it is a full time job, but I believe it is worth it for the sake of your child. Research has proven that a mothers milk is better than any kind of formula. Below is a list of all of the benefits to breastfeeding...
(Thanks Jackie, I stole some of this from you)
*Breastfed children are proven to have higher IQ's.
*Breastfed children have higher visual acuity (less need for glasses).
*Breastfed children get fewer ear infections.
*Breastfed children have improved muscle development of their face and have less need for orthodontics later in life.
*Breastfed children are less likely to have to get their tonsils out.
*Breastfed children have fewer and less sever upper respiratory infections, less wheezing, and less influenza
*Breastfed children may have lower cholesterol as adults.
*Breastfed children have less diarrhea, fewer gastrointestinal infections.
*Breastfed children have a lower risk of food allergies and a lower risk of Crohn's disease.
*Breastfed children respond better to vaccinations and decreases the risk of childhood cancer.
* Breastfed children are at a reduced risk of getting diabetes.
*Breastmilk is easier on a baby's kidneys
*Breastfed children are less likely to have appendicitis
*Breastfed children are less likely to have arthritis
*Breastfed children have less allergic eczema
*Breastfed children are leaner at one year of age and less likely to be obese later in life.
*Breastfed children have less constipation.
*Breastfed children and breastfeeding mothers have lower risks of breast cancer
..... This is just the beginning of the benefits to breastfeeding.
Anyway with all of that being said, I am motivated and dedicated to breastfeeding. I feel it is really important to have a support system while going through this. Without an understanding partner, friends, mother, etc. it can be easy to give up. I will need to surround myself with people who respect my decision and are understanding of the process. I am lucky that my mother completely agrees with me and my husband 100% supports the decision to breastfeed.
I guess now we just wait to see what happens when baby arrives....