I was ff,sort of. My mom and dad couldn't afford commercila formula, so they gave all of us evaporated milk. I'm the youngerst of three.
My older sister was bf for about a week. When my mom got home from the hospital, she had absolutely no help at all, and lost her milk. She had no help at the hospital either. From what she said, she really expected to get help from her bf'ing SIL's but didn't. So a case of no support or knowledge.
When my bro and I came along, she already had her hands full with my sister who had been sick most of her life due to hypothyroidism. She was developmentally about 2 years younger than she actually was. So she went straight to milk for us.
Its funny, both my brother and I were thumbsuckers(up to a very late age actually), and have oral fixations. Other than her thyroid disease, my sis was very healthy. I don't remember my bro being sick that much, but I know that I had so many ear infections as a kid, that after I had my last one, the doctor told my mom that if I got one more, I would probably become deaf. Scary.
You could say my mother is a breastfeeding advocate now. She understands the need for formula, but she is so proud of my sister and I for breastfeeding our children. She's even getting over the fact that I plan to nurse for longer than 2 years.