I am looking for beginner information on breastfeeding. Here is my background: I have one child and I bottlefed her from the start and that was about 12 years ago and that's all I know (I don't know anyone who breastfed, seriously). I am currently pregnant with my 2nd (16 weeks today) and my husband wants me to try breastfeeding this go around. I have no idea where to start. What I mean is, what should I know now about breastfeeding before I get into taking the classes and buying books and researching products? I haven't talked to my OB about it yet because I'm not sure about what I want to do yet.
Here are my first questions.
I am a working mom so how will I be able to breastfeed effectively if I choose to do so?
How long do I breastfeed?
I remember painful breasts from the birth of my first which lasted for about 4 weeks and I had a backup occur which put milk into my armpits (too much info sorry) which caused me so much trouble. I had a hard time getting the milk out even with a manual pump. Can proper breastfeeding prevent this?
Where do I go for help if I am having problems? I don't want to underfeed my child.
How will this effect my emotional self?
What are other things I should know about breastfeeding at this point? I know about all of the benefits, but physically, what happens and what potential problems that I may face?
Help. I worry a lot about failing if I take this task on.
P.S. Sorry this is so long.