Ditto on lining up support.
That's crucial. The LC I had hoped to go to was on vacation when I delivered my DD 4 weeks early and that almost did me in. But, I was (and still am
stubborn--my husband still says that was the main contributor to my BF'ing success. I was just absolutely unaccepting of the thought of quitting. I might have been bawling in my living room and a total zombie for days, but I made it happen. I was going to do whatever I had to do--call whatever expert I had to call. And my husband was a huge, tremendous help. He basically cleaned pump parts continually and woke us up every three hours around the clock to feed and pump. And, looking back, I was glad it was him and that he was the only one there with me and DD. No one else to interrupt our "system" with wanting to hold the baby or "help" with all the other IMO less important stuff.
But seriously, don't be afraid to try alternative ways of doing it at first if you have to. I had huge breasts with flat nipples and a sleepy almost premie with a very small mouth and jaundice to boot. First, I pumped and used an SNS to get something into her. Then I transitioned her to the nipple with a nipple shield. I used that for a few weeks. It was hard to transition off that, but I think it was very important that I did so. Things were going well, and I could see it being hard to want to disrupt that and make that last change, but it's important to do so for long-term success.
I avoided bottles and pacifiers, so as not to affect her latch. There are a bunch of ways to feed them your expressed milk other than a bottle.
Oh, and if you are at a hospital, at the first sign of any trouble--heck, I wouldn't even wait for that--demand they bring you a pump and get pumping. We waited a bit too long and once they get jaundiced (which isn't the end of the world) you are further behind the eight ball in terms of getting calories into them. Still try regular nursing of course and continue to try even if you are using some other method. If you are not at a hospital, have a pump lined up ahead of time. You want to have something to give that baby if they are hungry and you are trying to work on things (calling an LC, pumping, etc).And just focus on the latch.
Spend your time getting the best latch you can and keep adjusting if you start to have any
problems. You really just need to have a good
LC there to help and then to check in on you periodically.
You gotta do what you can to keep doing it, yk? You will be surprised at how fast things change and what is a problem one day, can fix itself or be fixed the next.
With a little preparation, you will do great! Read kellymom.com.