Remember too, that breastfeeding is what is normal, and is what has kept the human race alive ever since the beginning of time. Of course, I know that there are some woman who have many obstacles to overcome – this is why it’s so important to surround yourself with support. Good support. Support who can show you the ropes, if need be. A labor doula, postpartum doula, or lactation educator can all be invaluable if you don’t have any other women in your life who have breastfed, and can show you how it’s done, and help you with any problems you have.
I also understand that there are rare women out there who simply cannot breastfeed for some medical reason or another. And those women are not less of a mother. They are every bit as in love with their babies, and seem (to me) to be the ones who try the hardest.