As a second-time mom, I just wanted to give you ladies some "advice" about breastfeeding. Yes, it's hard, but then again, everything that is worthwhile in life is hard (in my opinion). Don't be afraid to set long-term goals. My goal was to breastfeed for two years and my son self-weaned two weeks before turning three. Also, things like mastitis and thrush happen. I had thrush three times and plugged ducts, but they never stopped me from breastfeeding. I was just so determined to make it work. You can really do anything you put your mind to. I had so many people who questioned my decision to breastfeed beyond one year and always received a ton of criticism, but I guess I just didn't care. I knew I was doing what I felt best in MY situation for MY baby. That's all you can ever do! I'm impressed that you are really thinking about breastfeeding at this point in the pregnancy, though, since most first time moms I meet seem to focus so much on the birthing part (which is really the shortest part of the entire relationship with your child if you think about it).
One more thing, most moms who succeed with breastfeeding have a lot of support from their partners. If the partner isn't supportive of breastfeeding and the mom really worries about how her partner feels about breastfeeding, then more failures seem to happen. Give breastfeeding 6-8 weeks. It's way easier after that and it usually takes about that long to figure out your breastfeeding relationship. Good luck ladies!