Your baby might have trouble latching. Your supply might be low. You may find the entire enterprise excruciatingly painful: you might develop mastitis, a plugged duct, cracked nipples. Your baby might refuse to take a bottle, which will leave you on the hook for every single feeding. And if your baby does take a bottle, you’ll be logging some serious quality time with the breast pump so as to have something to put into the bottle.
Even if everything goes smoothly, early on, when you are your child’s sole source of sustenance and he’s eating every couple hours, nursing (or pumping) is pretty much all you’ll be doing.
But no matter how old your kid, when you’re breastfeeding, your body is never really your own. “The biggest surprise about being a mom was what a commitment breastfeeding was,” says Terese Hudson, mom to a toddler and a newborn. “No drinking — at least not the way I used to! — no getaways, no real break for the 14 months I nursed.”
And if you’re feeding your baby formula, although a thoroughly legit choice, you’ll probably be suffering indignities of another sort: namely, people getting all judgy on you.