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Two little ones, well worth it all (Anonymous)

July 25, 2007

Two babies in less than two years. I’ve always had a small frame, average breasts. My pregnancies were hard – terrible nausea and vomiting requiring IV fluids and zofran. I managed to gain 20 lbs with my daughter, but only gained just over 6 lbs during my son’s pregnancy. I started my procreation years at 118 lbs. I was 127 before Wyatt’s pregnancy and 133 the day I delivered him. My babies were on the small size to start, 6 lbs 3 oz and 6 lbs 4 oz. They were both c-sections and I’ve keloided each time. Wyatt is over 15 lbs now at almost 6 months. I’m currently 110 lbs. I’ve done nothing other than breastfeed exclusively and try to eat “regularily” between a busy toddler and a happy-at-the-boob-all-day boy! I’ve been to the gym twice, but haven’t made it back in quite a while. I’m actually ok with my postpartum body. It’s the crookedness of my spine that bothers me when I see myself. I doubt I’ll have anymore children as my husband considers our family complete. I’ll nurse wyatt until he self weans as I feel slighted in that I had to stop nursing his sister at 15 months when I started having complications with my pregnancy that ended up with me on bedrest from weeks 27 until 36 and then an emergency delivery at 37 weeks. I’m currently on the road to becoming a lactation consultant (IBCLC) and love to see pictures of babies at breast and the changes women’s bodies go through for their children. It’s important to be realistic about our bodies as they change. Lactation completes the final stage of development in a woman’s breasts and it’s a beautiful thing for a baby to be at breast. I’ve always taken pictures of my children at breast because I think it’s important for them to know that they were breastfed because I wanted the best for them. I want them to grow up knowing that babies are born to breastfeed and that it’s the norm and not the exception…





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15 Responses to “Two little ones, well worth it all (Anonymous)”

  1. Kat Says:
    July 25th, 2007 at 9:42 am

    You have a beautiful, healthy looking body and your son is absolutely adorable!

  2. charlene Says:
    July 25th, 2007 at 10:07 am

    i am so jealous! your body is perfect! you look absolutely fabulous! congratualtions on your babies and your beautiful body. :)

  3. i-dra Says:
    July 25th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    your last photo is hauntingly beautiful & tender. you look like a graceful person. thank you for being a lactation consultant; you’re on the front lines!

  4. Alexis Says:
    July 25th, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Huge congrats! Your body is beautiful…

  5. Diva Says:
    July 26th, 2007 at 1:00 am

    “Hauntinly beautiful” indeed!!! You look amazing, and I LOVE your pics, especially the breastfeeding picture – your baby’s eyes are just stunning!!! :) Go mama!!! :)

  6. mama of 2 Says:
    July 26th, 2007 at 11:22 am

    I absolutely love the breast feeding picture! I too am so proud of breastfeeding, and enjoy it enough that I take pictures to remember this special time. Love the picture!

  7. Kerstin Says:
    July 27th, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    It’s true that breastfeeding is the best and all, just remember that there are women out there that can’t do it for various reasons and that feel like second class mothers when they read your entry. I know it’s not your intention, just saying that maybe there needs to be a little more sensitivity towards those women. thanks!! And yes, you do look just great and the pic of your son is super cute.

  8. Sarah Says:
    July 28th, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Wow!!! You look simply amazing! Your son is adorable!!! Everyone should give breastfeeding a try… I’ve never done anything more rewarding in my life. I’m so glad that you are becoming a lactation consultant! Mine was irreplaceable!

  9. Seth Says:
    July 31st, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    I think you look absolutely perfect.

  10. hi Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 2:16 am

    you are so freakin beautiful. seriously, you look like a poem from robert browning’s sonnets. there is something beautiful and haunting about you. you have the best body ever; like you never even had a child. you are the epitome of womanly beauty and i wished i looked like you

  11. Raven Says:
    August 9th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    You look wonderful! You have the perfect breasts. You dont look like you ever had a baby!

  12. andy Says:
    September 14th, 2007 at 11:30 am

    do not worry. your body recovered very well.

  13. Anonymous Says:
    December 3rd, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Our boobs look very similar

  14. Dani Says:
    December 28th, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Wow! I would’ve killed for a bod like that even BEFORE my pregnancy! ;)

  15. lucy Says:
    July 13th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I agree, I would never guess you had any children by looking at your body. You have such a nice frame and bone structure, I was wondering how tall you are? I support breastfeeding 100% as well, glad you are working toward that career. I think western culture needs to see more images of babies at the breast as well.

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