It just seems like so much “work” and “bottle feeding just seems easier”. Easier? I think someone may have given you the wrong idea!
There are many reasons some women choose not to breastfeed, but please don’t be fooled into thinking formula and a bottle is going to be “easier”, because it’s not. I can’t imagine using bottles regularly! I am not trying to be sarcastic here, I seriously don't know how so many women do it! "Breast is best" and that may be true for baby, but it is also very true for me. I find breastfeeding so convenient and easy, and the idea of having to schedule feedings, prepare and clean bottles, and do this all day and night long is enough to cause me serious anxiety. I am so grateful I have been able to nurse my kids.
True, in the beginning some women can experience some difficulties and discomfort when first nursing. The first couple weeks of nursing are spent with both mother and baby learning to breastfeed and it can be harder for some mother/baby couples. In these situations, finding a good lactation consultant as soon as possible can be the difference between breastfeeding success and failure.
But once breastfeeding is established, it becomes the most convenient and easy thing to do. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, you have milk for your hungry baby at a moments notice. Anybody that has had a baby crying for food knows you can’t feed them fast enough. Listening to them cry while your prepare a bottle sounds like torture! Sure, Most of the time you probably get the bottle ready before they start crying, just like I usually nurse before they are that hungry. But there are those times when baby wants to eat.right.now. and I am so grateful in those moments that all I have to do it pull up my shirt.
So do I nurse because it is better for my baby? Yes. Do I nurse because I enjoy the bonding experience it provides? Yes. Do I nurse because it is the natural way my instincts tell me to feed my baby? Yes. But I also nurse because it is the simplest, fastest, most convenient way I can feed my baby no matter what is going on in my crazy life and I need that! Why make my life more complicated than it already is? Besides, I’m lazy!