I heard the reverse actually. Tons of horror stories and very little "it was fine/easy" before I had my eldest child. Thankfully, for me, it was easy. I think it's fair to say that for some women it *is* easy. For some women, it's really hard. And for many, it's somewhere in between. I have no problem acknowledging this. If it's hard or painful, you should have it checked out to see if there's anything that can be done. Sometimes there isn't, as other posters have said. Many times though, there are things you can do to make it easier. It doesn't mean you're doing it "wrong," it's not a test that you can pass or fail. It just means the positions can often be adjusted to feel better. Just like clothes, or bras can be adjusted.
I'm happy to offer help when people want it. And I'm happy to offer support when people want it. But while I think nursing is great, if you don't wanna nurse, (or if you want to but it's too hard and the help's not helping you, and you decide you don't want to any more), then... don't nurse. I'm not you or your baby, so what business is it of mine?
I'll keep telling women that it was very easy for me, but that's not universal. If it's painful or hard, get it checked out by an LC or LLL leader, to see if adjustments or tweaks can be made to make it more comfortable. And that I found it very valuable to me and my children. But I don't think anyone should feel forced to nurse.
Edited by LitMom - 10/30/12 at 11:32pm