When women have an epidural, they are confined to bed and are pretty immobile. As we know, the baby’s head likes to be jiggled around in order to get into the pelvis in the correct position to be born. When a woman is mobile, she and the baby “dance” to facilitate the optimal fetal positioning. In bed, not possible. The peanut, while not wiggling mom around or anything, can be placed between her legs in a way to open the pelvis so dramatically as to allow the baby to get into his or her best position to be born.
Watch this youtube clip to get a idea of positions that may help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSn_BWjL1nw
“Perhaps more than any other birth that a women will experience, the first is deeply life changing and has a lasting impact on the rest of our births.”
This was my first family to get the honor of being a doula for. It was a amazing journey. Mum chose all natural and stuck it out. Dad chose to be the one to deliver. Miraculous moments!
In a recent informal poll on a Facebook page for healthcare professionals dealing with tongue and lip ties, every one of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in private practice who responded stated that the vast majority (over 90%) of the babies they saw had tongue and/or lip ties.
“Do not worry, cluster feeding is completely normal. Most babies will cluster feed during the early months. It is not a reflection of low milk supply.” http://www.bellybelly.com.au/breastfeeding/cluster-feeding-when-baby-breastfeeds-in-clusters#.UmmWuxbvy3D
If you are having a caesarean, have the best experience possible. There are options to make this happen but, YOU have to ask. With a family centered natural caesarean you can have delayed cord clamping and skin to skin contact (which is proven to have great benefits for breastfeeding). Share this link with your doctor!!