For many mothers on their delivery day, an important part of their birth plan is something called the "breast crawl".
For those who don't already know, newborns have an innate knowledge, understanding, and need to breastfeed. As a result, they're hardwired with the ability to seek nourishment from their mothers. The process by which a newborn uses his instincts to slowly inch towards a mother's nipple and nurse for the first time is called the breast crawl. Simply put, the process is incredible.
So, when mother Jessica and her husband hired photographer Leilani Rogers to document their birth, they were amazed by the results. Especially considering that Rogers captured the beautiful process of the breast crawl on camera.
"It’s not something I’d heard about before,” Jessica said in an interview with The Huffington Post, who went to a practice with two midwives and two OB-GYNs ― all of whom were supportive of the idea. "When I read about it, I thought it sounded magical.”
"To witness the connection baby made with mom over the span of that 48 minutes was fascinating,” Rogers said about shooting the process. "She didn’t fuss, just slowly but surely made her way to the nipple and latched on once she was in just the right position.”
Check out the amazing collection of photos from photographer Leilani Rogers, and witness the beauty of the breast crawl!