Breastfeeding at Birth and Beyond

by Birth Without Fear on October 13, 2011

Establishing a breastfeeding relationship isn’t always a care free experience. Starting your nursing relationship with your baby right at birth is not only normal, but a beautiful and natural way to bond. If you experience problems with breastfeeding, there is help! There are some great links in this post. In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful photos sent in by BWF Mamas.

Brittany Averill sent this in. She says, “My daughter and I on the day she was born.  I hadn’t even delivered the placenta yet :)  Little piranha!

baby breastfeeding

Sacha sent this in. “This is the first time breastfeeding my daughter. I think if I had just let go of my breast she would’ve gotten it!”

Autumn shared this photo and explains that her photographer was being censored at the store she was trying to develop it at. They told her it was obscene and against policy to print such pictures! They decided to educate their local store and community with a nurse in and media coverage. Here is the news story.

“Here is the photo of my daughter, Quinn and I nursing at our lake. I love nursing photos and have a passion for taking them. My breastfeeding experiences with all of my nurslings (I have 4 kids) have been each one a different nightmare, so I am proud of our accomplishments. I have had vasospasms, an abscess, thrush, mastitis, nipple pain and cracks that have lasted for over 6 months, I’ve had babies in the low percentiles, and have delayed solids. I have an oversupply and an overactive letdown. I have had 4 c-sections (that I’m not proud of) and we’ve still beat all the odds. I am a strong advocate of child-led-weaning. I told myself as long as my body is producing milk, I will never give up, so it hasn’t always been easy, actually quite the contrary but the bonding experience and the nutrition that I’m able to give my babies makes it all worth it.” ~Anna

Picture by Julianna Grey Photography

Nyssa is a mom with IGT (insufficient glandular tissue). Here she is nursing her third child. The SNS has given her a much more normal nursing relationship, and has helped her self-esteem.

Megan is feeding her 2nd baby just minutes old here.

nursing picture

“Here is my daughter cozy riding in her sling while getting some boofoo. We were on our honey moon in Leavenworth, WA and thought she needed some glasses.” ~Kelsey

This baby is a little shy…

Kate says, “Here’s a photo of me feeding my 10 week old baby on a medieval toilet at my cousin’s wedding in a castle in England! It was a very cold day and we traveled from Spain for the event. The cold was so new to my little man that he just wanted to nurse all day so he’d be warm! This little hut was great -although tourists kept coming in. I must have been quite a sight!”
Alison, “The 1st pic is my first daughter, Carol. I got to 7 weeks, but had mastitis 3 times. The 2nd pic is of my second daughter Susanah’s 1st feed. I fed her for 9 months and stopped due to medical reasons or we would have kept going!”

This beautiful picture of a newborn nursing was taken by Lynsey Stone.

“A newborn baby has only three demands.  They get warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence.  Breastfeeding satisfies all three.”  ~Grantly Dick-Read
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Helen October 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

Stunning photos capturing beautiful moments. Thank you for sharing

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Mandy October 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm

That quote is PERFECT! Amen. xo

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Manda July 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

Love it all! But especially the Julianna Grey photo, the one on the medieval toilet, and the quote.

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Noelani August 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Kate, we adopted our third son while we were in Germany and I nursed him all over Europe! I nursed him on boats and trains, in castle ruins, on the top of a double decker bus, sitting by crosses that were put up by the river in Berlin, in memory of people who had been killed trying to escape from East Germany, at the Tower of London, in a big fortress overlooking Salzburg, stuck in a Stau on the Autobahn, and even sitting next to a wax figure of a London punk, outside Madame Tussaud’s. However, I never nursed him sitting on a medieval toilet! I loved being in Europe while nursing, because public nursing was so much more accepted. I did like you and wore a top that I could lift up from the waist. I don’t think many people even realized that I wasn’t just holding a sleeping baby. That baby is a father now, so that was a while ago, but those memories are never far from my mind!

Kudos to all nursing moms!

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