You can try and prepare for breastfeeding by reading about it or taking classes, but it’s impossible to know what it’s actually going to feel like to feed your child from your own body until that moment when your baby first latches on. The exact circumstances and physical sensations are different for every mama and baby, of course, but it’s universal, too. It’s new. It’s emotional. It’s full of love.
Here, in celebration of that magical moment, are 18 images from talented birth photographers who shared some of the most beautiful first-latches they’ve captured on film.
Captions are from the photographers unless otherwise noted, and have been edited and condensed.