I never knew how much it would hurt at first... and not just for 6 weeks like everyone says. After 3 visits to the LC, 3 visit to the chiropractor, and one frenulectomy later, I though things were going well and the pain was subsiding (around 3 months). But then came the double whamy - the little one wanted to start nursing less and less and use the bottles more and more (exclusive nursing was not an option because of work). I was left with the agonizing realization that I would have to stop breastfeeding directly and start exclusively pumping, based on my LO's desires, simply because he needed to take bottles at day care. He wouldn't do it both ways, so I was left with the choice to either stop working (not an option), or loose the physical act of breastfeeding.
Thankfully EPing has worked out until now (11.5 months), and I was finally able to go down to a 4-5 a day pumping schedule. We are just starting to supplement with formula this week and perhaps in a few weeks we'll move to a toddler formula, mixed with whatever breastmilk I'm still producing. Perhaps someday soon he'll start accepting solids and drink less milk, and then I can feel a little better about doing my due diligence as a mother. :-)