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Two little ones, well worth it all (Anonymous)

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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  • Kat Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 9:42 am

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

  • charlene Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 10:07 am

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

  • i-dra Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 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!

  • Alexis Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 9:58 pm

    Huge congrats! Your body is beautiful…

  • Diva Thursday, July 26, 2007, 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!!! :)

  • mama of 2 Thursday, July 26, 2007, 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!

  • Kerstin Friday, July 27, 2007, 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.

  • Sarah Saturday, July 28, 2007, 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!

  • Seth Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 8:10 pm

    I think you look absolutely perfect.

  • hi Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 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

  • Raven Thursday, August 9, 2007, 3:40 pm

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

  • andy Friday, September 14, 2007, 11:30 am

    do not worry. your body recovered very well.

  • Anonymous Monday, December 3, 2007, 10:52 pm

    Our boobs look very similar

  • Dani Friday, December 28, 2007, 2:42 pm

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

  • lucy Sunday, July 13, 2008, 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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