With my first (still nursing at age 4!) he started out with some minor latch problems, and I had a major oversupply (I could hold an 8 oz. bottle under the nipple he wasn't nursing on and fill it without even toughing the breast-- it just sprayed out). Those problems would have been easily corrected, except that his well-meaning father gave him a #(^$ing pacifier around 2 weeks while I was napping and from that one time, we had a week of fixining nipple confusion that led to my nipples getting ripped up. And I got mastitis once.
My second (nursing at 17 mos) was tongue-tied. I figured it out after a week or so, but I couldn't convince our pediatrician to do anything about it or give us a referral to someone who would. My nipples were bleeding, cracked... my baby wasn't gaining weight... after 10 days I ended up in the ER (after a great UC
: ) with a 104 degree fever, in and out of consciousness from a terrible case of mastitis. I've had mastitis another 6 times since. After a month, my son's tongue-tie corrected itself (his frenulum broke) and all was well, except for the pain from the nipple damage that took another 2 weeks to heal. And then I had 6 mos. of recurrent thrush along with the recurrent mastitis, the last bout of which was when he was almost a year old.
So, no. Breastfeeding did not come easily to my babies. And trust me, I know what I'm doing-- I'd been nursing for 3 yrs. when my littlest was born, and considered becoming an IBCLC. There was nothing I could do differently, aside from get a different pediatrician beforehand! (I switched after that)