Baby-Led Breastfeeding

I remember when I first did some very initial birth training, I took a course where we watched a video called Baby Led Breastfeeding. The whole class of us “ooooohed” and “aaaahhhed” in amazement as newborn and older babies instinctively found the breast without being forcefully latched on by a care provider.

At the end of the video, our instructor said, “Yes, after all this time, finally we have a short documentary to prove that human babies are as smart as puppies!”.

After she said this, we realized how silly it is that we never question whether a kitten or puppy will figure out how to feed from it’s mother, or if it’s mother will know how to feed it’s babies. But for some reason, with humans, all that trust in nature flies out the window.

Here’s an amazing youtube video to resinspire that faith in your and your baby’s insticts (check out the skin-to-skin!):

Jessica Austin, Birth Doula: Childbirth services in Vancouver, BC

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  2 comments for “Baby-Led Breastfeeding

  1. December 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The serene joy in that mother’s eyes in the last moments of the video says it all.

  2. December 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

    YES!! I’m so grateful that we were left alone to figure out breastfeeding and when Madison was ready (17 hours after birth!) she latched on by herself and breastfeeding has been easy ever since. Had we been forced to get her latched on before she was ready it would have caused a lot of stress for both of us and perhaps I would have had a much more difficult time breastfeeding. This is INNATE knowledge. It doesn’t need to be “taught”. Baby knows how, just have them around your breast and when they are ready they will latch on.

    (Of course there are circumstances that require assistance but with a natural birth when mom and baby are unmedicated, more often then not they will figure it out on their own if given the time and space to do so!)

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