All babies have primitive reflexes to crawl on mothers’ breasts to find the nipple and latch and feed. This process is natural and inherent competency of every baby and requires little help. However this process may seem like it needs expert help and support owing to unsupported brith and breastfeeding during early days after birth.
Providing safe & gentle birth is perhaps the biggest factor to get breastfeeding to a great start. This means non mediated birth and working towards no separation of of mother and baby. It is perhaps is best to allow mother and baby to find an intuitive bonding space which will allow the natural responses to emerge and begin and establish frequent feeding rhythm. This allows the baby to be guided by the smell, touch skin to skin contact and eye contact with mother to establish feed and sleep cycle.
Basic guidelines to help a mother feel encouraged:
• Position and latch is an interactive process and allowing the mother to find her comfort is very important.
• Each mother and baby has a unique relationship.
Laid-back breastfeeding or Biological Nurturing:
The most natural position to help mother and baby elicit this rhythm behaviour is called a laid-back breastfeeding position or reclined breastfeeding position. This chest to chest skin to skin contact helps self-attachment to the mother’s breast.
Guide to Laid Back Breastfeeding Position:
• Baby is placed skin to skin on mothers chest.
• Baby’s torso body (Chest and abdomen) is in full contact with the mother chest and abdomen.
Guide to Cradle Hold:
Guide to cross-cradle position:
Guide to Football Hold:
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