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I plan to let my DD do the breast crawl. It sounds like an awesome experience. Has anyone done it? What was the experience like?

(for those not familiar with the breast crawl, here's a video about it: http://breastcrawl.org/video.htm)

EDIT: Here's an article about the same thing, here dubbed "baby-led latch": http://www.todaysparent.com/baby/breastfeeding/article...

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hmm... I am pretty sure that is what ds did with my last birth.. only we were a bit more elevated/slanted. I was definitely not on my back like that. He nursed within about 6 minutes of birth on his own, though.
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Didn't work. She tooled around on my belly for about 40 minutes with no apparent interest in nursing. At that point the nurse decided it was time to encourage her, which didn't work either. We eventually gave up and latched her later with the simultaneous help of about 3 or 4 different people.

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We tried it, but she took her sweet time about it and my midwife wanted the placenta out, so we kinda gave up and latched her on. If she doesn't succeed in life I'll note that as her first instance of underachieving.

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It is quite neat that babies will do that, it's amazing what we are capable of instinctually. That being said, I found that the "breast crawl" went against my instincts as a mother. When I give birth, I want my baby in my arms! I waited until my baby seemed ready to latch to try to nurse, but I wanted her close immediately. It's good that babies have that survival mechanism, but I'm not sure it's necessary to make them use it, just because they can. kwim?

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Very neat watching.

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I had a c-section and the baby was in the nursery for 4 hours afterwards (she was preterm and had some breathing issues). The first time I held her, I had no top on and the nurses put her on my chest. Because of the circumstances, I didn't expect anything, but much to everyone's surprise (MIL, DH, the nurses, and a doula were in the room), she DID do the breast crawl and tried to latch on (she had sucking issues, but that was due to being preterm). I was SO happy!

ETA: It took way less than 5 minutes with her. Guess she was hungry and ready. :

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It is quite neat that babies will do that, it's amazing what we are capable of instinctually. That being said, I found that the "breast crawl" went against my instincts as a mother. When I give birth, I want my baby in my arms! I waited until my baby seemed ready to latch to try to nurse, but I wanted her close immediately. It's good that babies have that survival mechanism, but I'm not sure it's necessary to make them use it, just because they can. kwim?
Ditto! I really wanted to let DD do the breast crawl, but once she was out, I just desperately wanted to hold her and bring her to my breast. She latched on like a champ right away. I think the fact that they can do it means that if mom is incapacitated, they might be able to get themselves up there...but when mom is fine, great to go ahead and bring baby to breast.

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DS had to undergo phototherapy for 3 days after birth, I wanted him close so they brought the phototherapy lights into our room and set them up all around the bed and DH and I took turns laying under the lights with DS... DS had to be naked so I (DH as well when he took over so I could rest) went topless so we could have skin to skin contact... we would start him on my belly and he would wiggle all the way up my chest to my breasts, it was amazing... it was especially cute when DH would take a turn and DS would try to find DHs breast lol

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I let my son do it, he crawled up my belly to my breast but didnt seem to want to latch, I got bored of waiting and stuffed my nipple in his mouth ...we had hideous breastfeeding issues so maybe I put him off? I will be MUCH more relaxed with baby number two.

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I would just put the baby to the breast and let it breastfeed.

The nurse forced me to do this with DC1, and looking back I just feel horrible and mean. Poor thing, traumatized and now forced to crawl to eat when only an hour old...? If you just got ejected from a nice warm womb, wouldn't you just want to curl up on mommy's boobies??

For background, DC1 was an unnecessarean for failure to wait. I believed what the docs told me even when it went against what I knew. (pitocin, etc.)

Afterwards, in recovery, when they finally brought my baby, I kept saying, "shouldn't I just put him to the breast?" and the nurse kept saying "no". (Duh - why did I listen!!!!!) I think she was performing her own experiments or something, it was awful.

[We had an awful time nursing, I could only bear the horrid pain for 2 weeks, and ended up pumping for 3 months and then quitting. I believe all of these things contributed to that still-heart-wrenching failure]

After my HBAC with DC2, I nursed her right away in my own bed, and she is still nursing strong at 2.3 years. The midwife just stuck my boob in the baby's mouth.

Bottom line, it may be cool, and some babies may do it, but I would definitely not do it. And I would certainly not do it for 40 minutes! That just makes me sad, poor frustrated minutes-old baby being so close to warm boobies and yet unable to move to them. Good grief, nurse the baby!!!

If you absolutely must try it, perhaps you could bring her to your breast after just a couple minutes of torture.

Just my humble opinion.
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does anyone know of other video examples of this? i told my husband about it, and he doesn't believe me! i'd just like to see more variety...

i think i'll feel like cuddling my baby immediately too, but wow, amazing they can do it themselves! i wonder if it would help with avoiding latching issues to let them get there at their own pace? or if at least reclining and bringing the baby up stomach to stomach that way is better for first latching than holding baby on her side or back?

anyway, the baby in the video didn't seem traumatized or upset, even by the huge crowd gathered around

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I would like to know of other videos too. The website with the video claims that there is better latch when the baby initiates on their own, which is a big reason I want to try it. Also, it seems to me like the baby could use some rest after the trauma of birth!

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Ditto! I really wanted to let DD do the breast crawl, but once she was out, I just desperately wanted to hold her and bring her to my breast. She latched on like a champ right away. I think the fact that they can do it means that if mom is incapacitated, they might be able to get themselves up there...but when mom is fine, great to go ahead and bring baby to breast.
Yep, I agree with that. The video is cool, but I can't imagine not scooping up the baby ASAP. A guess a compromise would be holding the baby to the breast, but allowing her to latch on herself.
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this video made me sick. a male birth attendant "allows" cheek to cheek contact to the (lithotomy-positioned) mother and then puts the baby on her chest for the "breast crawl". the poor mother stays flat on her back and cant even see her new baby. this is the process they are advocating to raise bf rates?! sorry, i just dont get it.

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Yeah, it's one of those things that is nice to know is possible when necessary. Definitely not something I would even consider doing for a split second unless there were extreme circumstances surrounding the birth.
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I agree with pp - kind of neat but no way I would be able to not scoop my baby up & cuddle him close asap!!!

Ok - I just actually watched the video (it wasn't working for me before) & watching the poor little guy root & root. I don't understand the point?

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If you absolutely must try it, perhaps you could bring her to your breast after just a couple minutes of torture.

Just my humble opinion.

Wow, uh, yeah...fwiw, this isn't torture. Seriously, a bit of an overreaction, eh?

Honestly, it was more torturous for DS1 when I was trying to get him to latch on after a vaginal birth and nurses were shoving his head into my chest with a doula contorting my baby and my breast to get him latched on than it was for DD2 after a c-section to spend less than 5 minutes on my chest snuggling and exploring. I wasn't trying to do the breast crawl, I was snuggling her and looking at her and she was doing it on her own. And she didn't show a tiny ounce of frustration...it was very peaceful and precious and calm...

So, perhaps you need to step back a bit and think about your words a bit. It was far from torture. Torture is something that causes harm and stress and is unrelenting...not something calm and peaceful where all parties are safe and happy.

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Yeah, I didn't see any torture. Kind of reminded me of when a baby first decides it wants a toy or something and decides to crawl up to it for the first time.

With my ds, I was more inclined/not quite sitting.. and I was cuddling him and he went after the breast anyway.. I was exhausted and not really interested in trying to get him to nurse ASAP- he had other plans apparently... so I allowed him to do what he wanted/ didn't pressure/force to the breast (like with my other newborns who didn't "get" nursing right away)...
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I don't see why the breast crawl is incompatible with cuddling the baby or lying at an incline. I wouldn't do it exactly like the video, but that's the only video I know of. To me, the baby and mother seem quite relaxed and it doesn't strike me as a thing to do only if the mother is incapacitated. It just seems like a calm, low-pressure way to introduce the baby to the world.

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But how does it benefit mother or baby by just having baby lie on mom when she could be cradling him immediately? We aren't set up like other species in the animals kingdom. We have hands and arms that are meant to hold our babies for protection. We don't have fur they can cling to while we swing in the trees and they don't have legs they can run on within 5 minutes of birth. We survive by holding our young.

Maybe it's not torture and maybe the little babe doesn't seem to be upset, but it doesn't know any better and coming from a tight, confined, warm, protective space to a bright, loud, scary new world I can't see how it would have any benefits to allow the babe to just lie on mom and search for his/her food.

Babe needs to know right away that mom is still going to do the same things on the outside that she did for him/her on the inside. And that, to me, means clinging with the warmth of an embrace asap. Forcing nursing isn't necessary but should be offered.

Breast crawling just seems like a novelty that should only be used if necessary.
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But how does it benefit mother or baby by just having baby lie on mom when she could be cradling him immediately?
Perhaps it is because the child has decided/made effort to nurse for comfort rather than being forced to nurse. My second child was forced to nurse and he only latched properly once. I ended up pumping for him for 7 months.

My last ds was the one that found the breast on his own moments after birth.. he nursed for 2 years. But again, we weren't "laying" there.. and he was in my arms.

I see a difference in my own experience.

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Breast crawling just seems like a novelty that should only be used if necessary.
"Novelty" makes it sound like this is a new thing.. pretty sure that this has been around for a long, long time. I mean, it seems instinctual.. that can't be new.
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It seemed to me like the mother WAS cradling the baby. If she had been at more of an incline, she may have been able to hold the baby even more without interfering with the baby finding the breast. I fail to see how holding the baby and doing the breast crawl are exclusive.

There may not be any long term benefit to letting the baby find the nipple on their own versus latching them on, but then the same could be said for a lot of other procedures: clamping immediately, epidurals, etc. However, it may have short-term benefits: better latch, mainly. I don't see any harm in latching them on if there are concerns, however I also don't see any harm in letting the baby root around themselves.

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If you absolutely must try it, perhaps you could bring her to your breast after just a couple minutes of torture.

Just my humble opinion.
I would totally not go as far as to call this torture. If that was my honest opinion, I would probably keep it to myself before I would call a new mother looking for information torturous. I think the OP should do what she feels is natural and right in the moment.

I agree with the OP that it seems like a no pressure, calm way to introduce the baby to his/her environment. If it works out, it works out and if it doesn't, it doesn't, I think flexibility and adaptability are key.

The video scene was defiantly more chill than the delivery room after my intervention free vaginal hospital birth.... there were a number of people in the room (nurses, interns, peds, OB...) and the nurse was trying to help my (screaming) baby nurse by shoving my breast in his (screaming) face.

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I did it with my dd and after about 15 min she latched on perfectly. I was much more upright and was holding her and cradling her. Some babies are not ready to latch on ASAP after birth and I think letting them do it on their own in their own time is much better the trying to shove the boob in their mouth. Shoved the boob in my son's mouth and had a terrible time nursing the first few months. Let my dd snuggle and latch on her own and had NO problems with bfing at all. I believe the first time the bfed makes a big impression on the babe that hays the groundwork for future nursing. It is also important for mom to be calm, relaxed and comfy during the process too. My dd was NOT stressed out by the crawl at all.
PS there are better videos about this out there.
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I love that video just because you can see how all of a newborns reflexes work together to get it to the breast. rooting, stepping/crawling, and sucking reflex all come together in perfect harmony. That being said, I do wish the mother was able to sit up to see and touch her baby. There is such a thing as baby led mother encouraged latching that still lets the baby initiate.

DD was a medicated hospital birth and we did skin on skin for the first 45 minutes or so undisturbed. She was rooting a bit and I was aching to nurse her for the first time so I cradled her near my breast and she started to lick and explore it. The pediatric nurse who was hovering waiting to weigh/measure her said "you're doing it wrong" and grabbed my breast with one hand and the back of DD's head with the other. She jiggled us both, tickling her lips with my nipple before literally SHOVING it in her mouth. DD was alert and content after the one wail she let out immediately after birth but she started wailing as soon as the nurse started trying to help. I remember inside I was screaming "STOP! This doesn't feel right!" but somehow the connection between my brain and my mouth was severed and I just sat there watching like it wasn't my baby or my body. She didn't latch on then- she actually just screamed and turned her head away the few times my breast was stuffed in her mouth. She latched on once it was just myself, my husband and her in our post pardum room and is 16 months old and still going strong.

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I held my baby on my chest and she wiggled down to nurse when she was ready...maybe 15 minutes later? It was a really great experience.

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I was more upright too and DD did find breast herself and immediately latched on. Sweet memories

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PS there are better videos about this out there.
Can you point me to them? I'd love to see better ones, for I am put off as well by some of the details of this video. Thanks!

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I've seen videos like this and in some ways they're pretty cool--but yeah, it does seem fairly controlled, contrived and unnatural for a mom to lay flat on her back and have a doctor manage the events!

Yes, my arms are for cuddling my babies once they are born! NO way anyone would stop me from doing that--touching, talking, exploring.

And I do agree it seems to work best for moms and babies and breastfeeding, if they are given space to work it out for themselves. A lot of babies don't want to latch on right away, though most of them, if held in mom's arms near the breasts (a pretty spontaneously-chosen position for most moms), in time the baby encounters the nipples--to grab with little fingers, lick, nuzzle (all of which is usually plenty to stimulate after birth contrax to help bring placenta). And if no one is interfering, moms generally figure it out when the baby starts to show signs of wanting to nurse. With a first time mom, if I see the signs and she doesn't seem to connect the dots, I might mention that those are some signs that baby might want to nurse and perhaps suggest putting baby in a better position to suck (if applicable)--but then stay out of the way unless mom asks for assistance.

No need for anyone to shove a nipple in anyone's mouth--no need for anyone else's hands to be on the breast besides mama. Even if a mom asks for help, I'll start by making suggestions rather than grabbing, and won't touch her without asking permission first. I've seen how the nurses interfere with first nursing so horribly in the hospital and it makes me shudder. I watched a nurse try to do this with a client of mine who had just had her 4th baby, had breastfed all the others successfully. This mama was not very assertive but it was plain to see that she was really put off by the nurse hovering so near, grabbing her breast, all that. I watched for a minute, then said "You breastfed the others, right mama?" She said yes. So I said "I bet you feel like you could work this out with baby, eh?" She said yes again, and the nurse took a hint and left.

It was so disrespectful--the nurse never asked this mama if she wanted help, never asked if she could touch mama or baby, just jumped in. Yuck! Plus of course, I don't see as that many babies are going to like the way the breast is shoved into their mouths!

Anyway--I didn't like the way the video has other people managing events, but I do think it's a great idea to step back and let moms hold their baby as they please, and stay out of the way while moms and babies work out the early hour of first breastfeeding.
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