Since there are a whole lot of women due in the next few months, I thought I'd start a thread where we can chime in with breastfeeding tips and advice. I had alot of breastfeeding support and advice during my pregnancy and after my baby was born, but I know that's not always the case. I'll start out with a couple tips that I found really helpful--other nursing moms should contribute as well: 1) Breastfeeding HURTS during the first two weeks. Despite what the websites and lactation consultants tell you, the first 2 weeks of breastfeeding kills the nipples, despite how perfect your baby's latch may be. If it continues to hurt after the first 2 weeks, seek help from a lactation consultant. 2) During those first two weeks, don't be shy with the lanolin cream. That will help keep your nipples from cracking. Be careful, it does stain clothing. When your milk does come in, after nursing, express a couple drops of breast milk and smear it around your nipple. That seemed to help me alot. 3) The first month or so is exhausting, breastfeeding or not. Don't give up just because you're tired. It takes just as much time to make a bottle as it does to nurse. Get yourself some good books or a stash of movies, get a really comfy chair, and expect to spend a good portion of your time feeding your baby. Don't let anyone rush you. 4) If you plan to pump, wait a few weeks, if at all possible. Pumping is a huge p.i.a. My friend's pediatrician referred to it as "the other baby." Establish the bond with your baby first, then "bond" with your pump. I hope other nursing moms will add their tips and experiences as well.