Video of newborns doing the breast crawl shows just how natural breastfeeding is
This video shows just how natural an instinct breastfeeding is for mother and baby.
Compared to the rest of the world, Ireland still has very low breastfeeding rates but thankfully they are increasing every year.
I found a beautiful video which demonstrates how instinctual breastfeeding is for a baby.
Shared by Baby Center the video shows several newborn babies doing the 'breast crawl'.
The breast crawl is when a newborn is placed on their mother's chest to navigate to the nipple by themselves and you'd be amazed at how quickly that they get there.
The narrator of the video describes the interaction;
"The baby finds her mother's breast through her sense of smell. Her hands have the scent of amniotic fluid on them and will help her find her mother's nipple, which has a similar scent. For this important reason, your baby's hands should not be dried. And, it's recommended that you do not wash your nipples before your baby breastfeeds."
I was able to do the breast crawl with my daughter when she was born and it was incredible how she knew where to go and how to latch on by herself. Well, there was a little nipple adjusting but she did most of the work.
This bonding technique is becoming a common practice in most hospitals and is not just a memorable experience but a beautiful way to introduce both mother and child to breastfeeding.