Monday, April 12, 2010

Mad About Mama Milk Monday: The Crawl

Newborn babies were created to have a keen sense of smell, hearing, taste, touch and sight.  All of which aid newborns to do the crawl-- the Breast Crawl.  Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life is the perfect time to begin-- baby is naturally alert, baby receives nutrient-dense colostrum, fosters early bonding between mama and baby, and much more.

When mothers hold their babies skin-to-skin immediately after birth, babies are kept warm, and they regulate their heart, respiratory, and oxygen saturation rates.  Naturally, babies who have this experience cry less, and are calmer.  And frankly, who doesn't want that?!?

I did not do as much skin-to-skin with Bryce while in the hospital as I should have.  With Lauren I did right away and often.  It really did calm her.  And, we slept together alot skin-to-skin during our hospital stay and in the first few weeks of life.

Check out the crawl below.  It's fascinating, amazing and totally normal. 

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