|Piper's first latch, right out of the womb!|
|She was a natural from the get-go!|
After a hospital birth, if you decide to breastfeed, you now have a lactation consultant who comes in to help you get the ball rolling, so to speak. I have to admit that my inner idea of such a consultant fell more along the lines of angry Catholic nun. I imagined a stern woman with a bad attitude that would rap my knuckles with a ruler and tell me I'm doing it wrong at every turn. I'm not Catholic, so of course this imagery was implanted into my brain via Hollywood. Nonetheless, this is the type of individual I imagined the lactation consultant to be. Boy was I wrong!
|It's such a natural thing!|
|She sleeps so soundly after a good meal!|
Back to the consultation. The new idea regarding breastfeeding, one that I was already familiar with, was the skin-to-skin method of nursing and bonding with your new baby. Basically, it requires both the baby and yourself to be naked (except for the diaper). You place the wee one on your bare chest and let let them root around for your nipple. The baby will take it upon themselves to try and find where to go for milk. Of course you can help them along, but they hold a natural instinct for survival. The skin-on-skin contact helps not only bond you to your child, it also acts to increase the baby's blood sugar, bonus! There are many other benefits you can check out by going here.
|I mean seriously zonked after eating!|
|She's such a good eater!|
|Showing me where the food goes!|
|Definitely a cherished moment!|
Okay, managed to make a vid that doesn't show any nipple! I just adore the soothing sounds Piper makes when nursing, it's just sounds so satisfying.
I am a very lucky mom in that Piper nurses easily. She took to the nipple the moment she was born and continues to love meal time! She is now eating every three hours like clockwork. Normally she will eat r about 10 minutes per breast during each session. She tends to be a bit of a lazy eater in that I often have to jiggle her back from snoozeland while she nurses. By the end of most sessions she is soundly sleeping, well at least until I have to burp her. She will also use nursing as a way to soothe herself whenever she gets upset. I like to call these very short, intermittent sessions "snack" times. They usually last less than 5 minutes and are now getting more rare, but she still needs them once in awhile.
|Couldn't you just gobble her up?|
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