This is why women should rule the world. Multitasking at its best!

The tender moment of a mum feeding her toddler during labour was captured by birthing photographer, Maegan Dougherty, who described the beautiful scene to Daily Mail.

‘Grandma brought big sister to the hospital to spend time with her mum while she was labouring,’ Ms Dougherty, who works in New Jersey and New York, said.

‘The mum knew her daughter would want to nurse, and she also knew that it may help the labour process.

‘Her daughter asked to nurse as soon as she got there, and she said yes.’

Two hours later the mother gave birth to her second baby, another little girl.

‘Nipple stimulation can help the labour progress,’ Ms Dougherty said.

‘Her baby was born two hours after her daughter nursed. So it seemed to move things along.’

Ms Dougherty shared the photo to her Instagram page, and said it received a positive response from people.

‘I think in that photo there’s so many special connections,’ she said.

‘The grandma looking at them, the dad interacting and the mother nursing.

‘Mums are amazing, our bodies can grow a baby and nurse another baby at the same time.’

Have you had a similar experience?

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  • It would never have occurred to me to use breast feeding as a labour aid!


  • It’s really a sweet picture. And breastfeeding surely helped the all process. Well done!!


  • Who would have thought! Interesting!


  • Interesting a toddler needs ordinary breastmilk.
    A newborn normally has colostrum the first couple of days. Does this mean baby will have breastmilk first feed? Will her milk be suitable for both ages?


  • interesting idea, don’t think I could do it when I was in labour!


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