If you are expecting or have recently given birth, you have likely read many articles on the must-have breastfeeding items. So what is the one item every breastfeeding mother needs? No, it's not lanolin, a pump, or anything else you can buy. Every breastfeeding mother needs a CHEERLEADER. There needs to be someone you can count on to say "give it more time" or "you're doing a great job." It might be your husband, mom, sister, or friend that takes this role. Sometimes, it's not a close family member or friend who supports you. It may be someone you met at a La Leche League meeting or your Lactation Consultant.
When I became a mother for the first time, there were times when I went to my husband, mom, and mother-in-law for breastfeeding help. When it was really, really hard, I even expected them to tell me to give up. They never did. They listened and encouraged. That was exactly what I needed at the time to have confidence that breastfeeding really could work with a little more time and practice.
Is there someone in your life who encourages you on your breastfeeding journey? If not, there are many local support groups where mothers can make like-minded friends. Find someone to connect with.