I researched, read books, and attended a breastfeeding class before giving birth to my daughter.
I was lucky because the hospital where I delivered had lactation consultants. My daughter is a tongue sucker so we're still using a nipple shield. The hospital also has a weekly breastfeeding support group and the lactation consultants are continuing to help me wean Natalie from the shield.
Anyhow I am glad I found this forum. I love my daughter more than anything..but nursing is so tough sometimes. She seems to want to nurse all day. The lactation consultant told me to make her stop after 40 minutes and give her a supplemental bottle. I have the lansinoh double electric pump..so far Natalie has never had formula. Last night I was so exhausted and in tears and my husband went and bought formula to "top" Natalie off. I still haven't used it. I feel like a failure if I give my daughter formula. But at the same time I never get a break! During teh day I cannot shower or anything.