Yes, sometimes it is quite simple. Sometimes the "issues" are so minor you don't even consider them issues. Esther Ro, my third, was one of the easy babies. She latched on right away in the hospital and nursed for quite some time right then & there. She's the only one who actually nursed the 15 minutes on one side the twits at the Navy hospital told me they "should".
She did the same thing as my other two...latched on at about 24 hours old and stayed there (it felt like) for the next two months straight. But that's it.
Never had so much as a sore nipple with her.
Now, with Bobbie, she was my first and I had a bit of a time getting the hang of it. The first time I nursed her in the hospital it was perfect
, so easy that the nurses were amazed. But then they snuck her a bottle and that started some latch problems. I also had to contend with nurses telling me what I was supposed to do (did you know that if you have a c-section you MUST use a pillow and nurse in the football hold?
) and we wound up every single time after that with both of us crying. But the bumps smoothed out fairly quickly once we left the hospital, and though she's the one with whom I had to deal with engorgement & poor latch & biting hard enough to draw blood, I don't count it as "hard", really. It wasn't picture perfect, but meh. You get on with it.
Linda was a near-term preemie, and it wasn't until she was almost four years old that I learned some of the issues I had with her were typical to near-term preemies. I had been following the advice for term babies, & it's pretty much the opposite of what you need to do with the NTPs. So we had to figure it out on our own. We had to swaddle her for the first three months of her life to get her to nurse, and she was jaundiced and so somewhat sleepy...Again, I don't consider it "hard" per se.
It's much a matter of perspective. There are definite issues...but most are just little bumps in the road we all have to deal with.