Does anyone have a personal experience? I didn't even know it was possible, let alone that most babies do that naturally. It's not how we imagined our first hour with the newborn, but would be willing to adjust if this technique is worth it!
Wow, great video! DS did crawl up my belly to the breast but was latched on by our nurse.
N, wife to my goofball K and mamma to my EC grad D (July 2010) and my new little love S (May 2013). Exploring the uncharted territory of tandem nursing with my two boys.
My DD (now 13 mos and still EBF) did this. After birth I laid her on my chest so I could have a bit of a rest and she seemed to start "sniffing" around and pulling herself towards my breast. The best way I can describe her movement would be to imagine a blind vampire sniffing and bobbing around someone's neck while trying to find the jugular vein. That is what my DD looked like while looking for my nipple to latch on. It took her a while (like I said, blind vampire), but she eventually got there and latched on her own. We used this method near exclusively for the first few days for a few reasons: I got to lay down (yay!), she got to latch on and nurse in what was the most natural for her, and my husband thought it was a really cool trick.
Chrisa, you mentioned that this isn't how you imagine your first hour with your newborn but I have to say that this was, for me, the best thing to do. I got to lay back and watch while she did most of the work!
Witty, what a wonderful testimony, thank you for sharing!
I should clarify that I would LOVE to be able to do it with my baby; when I said it's not how I imagined the first hour, I was thinking about my husband - I had assumed he'd really want to hold the baby right away and didn't want to deprive him of that experience. But I showed him the video and now he's is up for doing the breast crawl!
Fledgling midwife on hiatus, Wife to B, mama to C (c/s 12/04) and S (12/07), m/c (3/12) and expecting another bean 6/13 .