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The Crawl : Baby's First Crawl - Initiation of Breastfeeding

Published on 12 Feb 2019 / In Film & Animation

Breast crawl is the instinct of mammal (including human) newborns to move towards the nipple and attach to it for breastfeeding all by themselves.In humans, if the newborn baby is put on the mother's abdomen, the movements start 12 to 44 minutes after birth, followed by spontaneous suckling at 27 to 71 minutes after birth.

The infants use their sense of smell in finding the nipple, as shown in a 1994 study in which one of the breasts was washed with unscented soap and the baby preferred the other one. They also use visual stimuli (such as the mother's face and the breast's areola) and auditory (the mother's voice).
Sources: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breast_crawl

Every newborn, when placed on the mother's abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother's breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed.

UNICEF, WHO and WABA, along with the scientific community,
strongly recommend initiating breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth. Evidence shows that early initiation can prevent 22% of all deaths among babies below one month in developing countries.

⇒ Advantages offered by the Breast Crawl:

↪For the Baby
Warmth / Comfort / Metabolic adaptation / Quality of attachment

↪Advantages for Both: Bonding

⇒ Dos and Don'ts for success of the Breast Crawl

**For the Mother::

↪Use drugs for labour analgesia judiciously.
↪Do not wash / wipe breast before feeding.
↪Raise mother's head on a pillow to facilitate mother-baby visual contact.
↪Do not move mother out of labour room until completion of the first breastfeed.

**For the Baby

↪A baby who has cried well does not need oro-nasal suction.
↪Dry the baby thoroughly except for the hands.
↪Do not pass orogastric / nasogastric tube or do gastric suction as a routine.
↪The baby and the mother should be covered together with a cloth, so that they keep warm while continuing with skin-to-skin contact.
↪Delay the injection of vitamin K, weighing, routine measuring and dressing (wrapping) till after the first breastfeed.
↪Baby bath is best delayed to beyond 24 hours.
↪Continue the first skin-to-skin contact till completion of the first breastfeed.

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