Breastfeeding: Latching – Explained.14th September 2015
Coming up IN THIS ARTICLE:
- Incentives to persist with breastfeeding.
- Building a breastfeeding partnership with your baby.
- The influence of medicated births.
- Resolving latching issues.
- Natural breastfeeding presentation.
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NATURAL BREASTFEEDING: THE BREAST CRAWL
Video results from a study observing independent breast crawl and latching of newborn babies in medicated and unmedicated births.
Medicated birth may account for a great proportion of early latching problems that mothers experience with their babies.
The study published recommendations for (wherever possible) births to be unmedicated, and babies left with mothers, undisturbed until they had breastfed successfully.
Not long ago, scientists believed that most newborn reflexes were useless leftovers from our tree-dwelling ancestors. But now we know better. We know these reflexes are key to early breastfeeding.
Every brand-new baby comes into the world with a whole repertoire of responses that are custom designed by Mother Nature to make baby an active breastfeeding partner. Baby is born with what’s needed so that–when conditions are right–breastfeeding and bonding happen easily and naturally. These responses work best when baby lies tummy down on mother with gravity anchoring baby there. link
WHAT TO DO IF THE HORSE HAS BOLTED:
A logical extension of breast-crawling is developing a breastfeeding partnership from the ‘natural’, tummy down position at later stages of development.
When they gave birth, mothers in the past were familiar with how to nurse their babies because they saw it growing up. link
Most new mothers have never seen someone breastfeeding. Most have only seen representations of a bottle feeding posture & that is also what is taught traditionally to new mothers by midwives and hospitals. This is a position in which the baby cannot help himself.
One of the biggest barriers to a smooth breastfeeding start is that most pregnant women have an image in their minds of what they think breastfeeding is like that is fatally flawed. link
Researchers Lennart Righard & Margaret Alade, in the video at top, (published in The Lancet, 1990), suggest that babies can do this independently until they lose the crawl reflex (around 12 weeks). Beyond that they have more volitional control of their bodies.
In Natural Breastfeeding positions gravity helps babies latch deeper, so mothers can breastfeed in greater ease and comfort right from birth. link
INCENTIVES TO PERSIST WITH BREASTFEEDING:
COMING UP SOON: HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR LACTATION.