Did you know that a newborn has instincts that lead him to feed on his own? This is called breast crawl.
Minutes after childbirth, when the little one is placed on his mother’s chest, the infant will use his instinct and reflexes to find his mom’s breast. His purpose is to latch and nurse. If you are wondering what makes him find his way, he mostly pulls himself up to his parent’s nipples through smelling. The scent of a mother’s nipple resembles amniotic fluid. Commonly called a pregnant mother’s water, the amniotic fluid is the protective liquid that served as a cushion for the growing fetus.
The attending physician should initiate the newborn’s nature to breast crawl. Moreover, the mother and child should be left undisturbed to enjoy their skin-to-skin contact.
The breast crawl is proven to be a breakthrough in overcoming common breastfeeding difficulties. Most parents complain they have zero knowledge how to breastfeed their infants. But what is amazing is that a baby is born instinctively knowing how to do it. This fact would all the more boost a new mom’s confidence and help her breastfeed at her pace. The support of lactation experts is also needed to teach a mother how to carry it out.
Benefits of breast crawl
Get the colostrum
Aside from initially introducing the baby to his mom’s breast, the biggest advantage of breast crawl is for the baby to get the colostrum. Colostrum is the first perfect food for an infant. It has a high concentration of antibodies and works as a natural and 100% safe vaccine. This yellow to orange in color special milk is low in volume but high in concentrated nutrition for the newborn.
Regular latching after the baby’s birth stimulates the production of milk. The more often and more efficiently a baby nurses, the more milk a mother makes. Yes. Breastmilk production is a demand and supply system. Frequent breastfeeding as well helps prevent engorgement or when the breasts hurt because of too much milk.
Regulates newborn’s temperature
Even the best hospital blankets cannot warm the baby as quickly or efficiently as a mother-child skin-to-skin contact. Simply put, breast crawl controls the newborn’s temperature. After delivery, the infant is wet from the amniotic fluid and could easily become cold. Thus an immediate skin-to-skin touch is necessary to keep the baby warm and help prevent heat loss.
Supports uterine contraction
Known as afterbirth pains, uterine contraction happens when a mother’s uterus shrinks back to its pre-pregnancy size. It can be uncomfortable and be most intense on the first three days after giving birth. Though breast crawl helps uterine contraction, it, on the other hand, reduces maternal blood loss. Reports have it that postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality. When the uterus does not contract enough, the blood vessels bleed which lead to blood loss.
Breast crawl is one of the most amazing experiences a mother could feel. It is an equally astounding sight to behold as the newborn crawls by himself toward his parent’s breast. PSST.Ph hopes that all moms experience this incredible encounter. But more than that, we wish that hospitals or medical institutions carry out this practice. Breast crawl has such immeasurable lasting advantage between mother and infant that is beyond explanation.