Natural Breastfeeding

iStock_000020519010_MediumI admit that I’ve been prejudiced in favor of the cradle carry for breastfeeding. It’s what  worked for me so I naturally think it is “right.” I don’t like the cross cradle or other “carries” because they seem too complicated. And, when I see mothers today breastfeeding with their babies positioned straight onto their breasts I think they’re doing it wrong. But, it is I who have been wrong.

NATURAL BREASTFEEDING

Emminent lactation consultant, Nancy Mohrbacher, and obstretrician, Teresa Nesbitt, have created a prenatal breastfeeding preparation program that reeducates us all about breastfeeding. Their program, Natural Breastfeeding, is based on new research and perspectives, including the work of research midwife Suzanne Colson on Biological Nurturing. In her article in Midwifery Today, Suzanne Colson explains:

Biological nurturing (BN) is a new neurobehavioral approach to breastfeeding initiation that aims to reduce latching problems and early unintended breastfeeding cessation. In biological nurturing, mothers lean back and place the baby on top so that every part of the baby’s body is facing, touching and closely applied to one of the mother’s curves or to part of the surrounding environment. Nursing in a laid-back position opens the mother’s body which promotes neonatal locomotion by releasing up to 20 primitive neonatal reflexes which act as breastfeeding stimulants (Colson et al. 2008)

Here’s a video of mothers learning Biological Nurturing.

The Natural Breastfeeding approach is also based on the Swedish breast-crawl research, which shows that, if given the opportunity, the newborn baby will find his or her own way to the breast.

And, it is inspired by the work of the “Prague School” of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization where scientists identified the pressure points on babies’ bodies that improve their coordination.

Natural Breastfeeding is also based on the work of Christina Smillie, MD on Baby-Led Breastfeeding, in which mothers learn to breastfeed by letting their babies show them how.

And, in addition to brain science research, Natural Breastfeeding has also been influenced by the work of Brian Palmer, DDS, on the physiology of the act of breastfeeding.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you’d like more information about natural breastfeeding in addition to the links and videos above, here are some resources:

An Introduction to Biological Nurturing

Biological Nurturing

Natural Breastfeeding

Baby-Led Breastfeeding: The Mother Baby Dance

Natural Breastfeeding How-Tos

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Peggy O'Mara newPeggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She founded Mothering.com in 1995 and was its editor-in chief until 2012. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place. Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three.

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