The more we watch new babies, the more we see how amazing they are. New parents get to see this up close all day long and are usually so proud of their babies. I love the book “Your Amazing Newborn” by Marshall and Phyllis Klaus. It has great photographs of new babies interacting with parents and grandparents.
Babies are born ready to be social. They are also born ready to breastfeed. There is a video on-line that shows a baby just after birth, crawling up her mother’s chest and latching herself onto the breast for a successful breastfeeding. You can find it at this link: http://breastcrawl.org/
I’m amazed watching this video. Have any of you watched a baby do this in person? I usually see mothers and babies when they have returned home from a hospital birth. I hope to get to see this some day. What do you think of this video? Let me know…
While I haven’t seen a baby do this after birth, I have seen lots of very young infants do a wonderful job of latching themselves at the breast when they are given access to the breast and time. Mothers can take advantage of this by spending time skin to skin with their baby and following baby’s lead in latching.
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I had read an article about this just before my 2nd daughter was born and decided to try it out, sitting back comfortably on my sofa when I got home from the birth center. Yes it does work!!! My baby loved to crawl and find her own latch and boy did it make things easier for me! It is also hysterical to watch (me) as I had been fussing over her trying different latches and wow – she had her own lovely natural way to do it so easily!