I realise that one impt thing about new mummies and bfding is that dont have the expectation that bfding will be easy or instinctive coz sometimes if that doesn't happen, it will be very devastating for the mummy. My dear daughter couldn't latch properly for a good 3 weeks and i suffered from sore, cracked and blistered nipples, blocked ducts and was in constant pain due to the nipples for almost the whole of the confinement month. They hurt just being in contact with the air, not even my clothes. Coz my dear daughter couldn't latch, i pumped exclusively for her and hardly got a 2-hr stretch of sleep. I think being mentally prepared for possible hardships is an impt aspect to consider when preparing for bfding. Not everyone has a smooth sailing bfding journey. That said, things got better for me after the confinement month: nipples healed, got used to clearing my own blocked ducts and the pain involved while doing so and best of all, dear daughter managed to latch properly. There's always light at the end of the tunnel; it's just a matter of whether you can withstand the journey till you find that light.
I find that some pp and books make bfding sound too easy and when new mummies encounter difficulties they feel inadequate and just give up bfding. Hence in my opinion, prepare yourself mentally that there may be difficulties so that at least when something does crop up, you know that it's just part and parcel of learning how to bf.