This week's theme for Wordless Wednesday was breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period. Whether you birthed vaginally or via cesarean, it is possible for mothers to breastfeed.
Our first series is of a mama feeding in the recovery room after a cesarean, and a day later, still swollen from the drugs used for the induction and the cesarean. She went on to have a great breastfeeding relationship with this Sweet Pea, and was our student for her VBAC baby in 2013.
The second set of pictures are from our births. I hadn't thought about it until after seeing our student's comments about her third picture...I was definitely more swollen after Charger's birth than any of the others because I got lots of IV fluids between the penicillin (I was positive for GBS Strep) and the Pitocin over our two days in the hospital.
Interesting to note which babies I nursed skin-to-skin and which ones were handed to me as little burritos...now that I know better we talk about immediate skin-to-skin in the postpartum period to help get breastfeeding off to a good start.