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Laid back breast feeding...

Posted by MilkyMomma on 11/10/2014 to Breastfeeding
Laid back breast feeding...
Otherwise known as 'biological nurturing' is a term coined by Dr. Suzanne Colson in 2008 and one of the newest approaches to breastfeeding that is tailored to the natural instincts and reflexes of a newborn-infant baby.

How is it biological? Well, we tend to be quick to intervene in the process, but if we were to step out of the picture and allow a baby the time on his own to demonstrate this natural reflex (even straight from the womb), he will do so. The key is that we are "laid back" about it, quite literally, in our reclined position as well as 'mentally' (as stress does nothing positive for breastfeeding).

To practice biological nursing, a mother would lie comfortably on her back in a reclined position placing her newborn-infant on his/her tummy on her own. As his instincts trigger, her baby will naturally bob his head and work is mouth up and toward the breast, allowing his sense of smell to guide his way, and he will latch on all by himself. A mother may need to adjust her position slightly to encourage her little one, nonetheless it is an innate reflex.

In these natural, comfortable 'laid back' 'biological breastfeeding' positions which may take some time to adjust to, a mother can nurse her baby while he is lying vertically below her breast, diagonally below the breasts, at her side, over her shoulder, or across the breast.

In all of these positions, a mother's baby is lying on his tummy, but adjustments can be made depending on a mother's body type and the circumstances in which she is nursing. In any case, the idea is that the baby can approach the breast in any 360 degree angle while still maintaining eye contact; with gravity being the force at work encouraging these natural inborn feeding reflexes.

And not to worry, these positions also work for a mother recovering from the incision of a Cesarean delivery.

Not only are these 'breast feeding positions' biologically natural, they allow for a far more comfortable nursing experience and less work for a mother while making it easier for babies to take the breast in deeper. This is especially critical in the earlier weeks when a newborn is most uncoordinated and a new mom is under the stress of trying to help her little one develop his latch.

As Dr. Suzanne Colons discovered in her more than two decades of study and observation, when it comes to the latch, they don't need a whole lot of help after all!


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