Im wondering if anyone here has experience with lotus birth?
I'm considering it, but I really want to allow my baby to do the breast crawl and do laid back nursing as much as possible. Will this be difficult with the cord stil intact?
This was what I wanted to say. I think the breast crawl is amazing and beautiful but I see it more as a marvel of nature but not something I'd choose to do. It seems like torturous somehow to make a newborn who just did all the work of labor have to try to do that.
I don't think there's anything wrong with trying if you're heart's set on it, but if, in the moment, you want to reach down and grab that baby, do it! I think babies being forced to the breast can get in the way of a latch but it sounds like you're already mindful of that and wouldn't do it. Let the baby "be" and explore; that's fine.
I think she knows what it is but I don't agree about having the baby do it. I understand why she might think it's great but I see it as more of a survival thing.
Yeah, the only way any primate baby would have to crawl to the breast on its own would be if the mother was completely incapacitated via being busy hemmoraging or having stroked out from eclampsia. If you see any of our primate relations give birth, they all instinctively catch the baby and lift it up into their arms. We're not marsupials, and our babies may be *able* to hitch themselves to the nipple, but I feel that denying the urge to pick up and touch your baby in order to test its post-birth instincts is pretty far from "natural."
(side note: I never found the "laid back nursing" position particularly natural either. My breasts drop down into my armpits in that position, making it uncomfortable for me and difficult for baby to latch without awkward neck torquing.)