I was not able to breastfeed, but not for want of trying. I had my son 9 years after undergoing breast cancer treatment which resulted in a single mastectomy, and multiple minor surgeries on the remaining breast over the years to remove cysts. The couple of positions I could manage to feed in caused me excruciating pain, from both post-pregnancy stenosis in my wrists and in my neck from an existing cervical disk injury. It seemed like I was attached to a pump every moment I was not trying to feed him. I could pump for an hour, and get....1 or 2 cc's. I tried all kinds of things to increase supply, and it didn't work.
I took the hospital's breastfeeding class before childbirth, and had a lactation consultant work with me in the hospital, and even though I went through my history with both, neither one ever once came close to saying "you know, it might not work for you." The lactation consultant would get visibly angry with the difficulties I was having, and tell me I needed to try harder.
I still feel incredibly guilty that I didn't breastfeed. I get tired of the judgy faces that come over the white, upper-middle class mothers when I say I didn't or wasn't able to, without explaining my whole story, and sometimes with the story.
I see the value of breastfeeding, and think it's a great thing to be able to do. I just wish the whole subject wasn't so black and white.