Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.
~ John Wilmot
So it is not a direct breastfeeding quote, but I think the sentiment still applies. Whether it is parenting theories or ideas about breastfeeding, before and after actually having children can make a big difference. I am on the before side, being pregnant with my first child. I have many ideas (theories) about how I’d like to be as a parent and especially as a breastfeeding mother. I think it is great that I formulate my thoughts before I actually have a child, but I have a sneaking suspicion that many of my ideas will be tossed out the window (or at least thrown against it a few times:)) Children, especially newborns, have their own ideas too!
Did you breastfeed longer or shorter than you “planned”? Before birth were you adamant the child would not share your bed and then attachment parenting suited you and your family best? Did any of your parenting plans get a makeover once your little one arrived?