For Cecelia

I am working with a wonderful mama who is planning on letting her baby self-attach. So, this one is for you, Lovely Mama:


Stephanie said...

Wonderful video. I am a long time stalker on your blog. I am not a mother, but in the recent years have become fascinated with natural childbirth. I have seen quiet a few blogs on self-attachment, and while I believe it is completely natural and beautiful, I do not know the benefits to the child and the mother? Can you elaborate on the pro/cons of self-attachment vs. guided attachment?

Thank you!

Nicole D said...

Hi Stephanie -

First off, I LOVE stalkers! Thanks for reading me.

Ok - information on self-attachment breastfeeding: at this point there is not a large body of evidence or conclusive studies to irrivocably point toward self-attachment being the best-case scenario for early nursing, BUT, there is some information.

Todays Parent ran an article not too long ago talking about how babies who have been allowed to self-attach have the best latches in most cases. Women complain less of irritated nipples, cracked nipples, or other latch issues.


Here is another post, reiterating this same study: http://www.breastfeedingmomsunite.com/2009/03/self-attachment-smart-babies-want-to-breastfeed/

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for the articles. I personally feel that if a baby is born with this reflex, then why are we taking away what they are meant to do? At the same time, I wonder how long do you wait? As a doula, when do you suggest maybe trying forced attachment? I know they say that it takes an average up to 50 minutes for this amazing process to occur?

I love you blog. I have learned so much from you. Keep on posting and educating! Thank you!

Rachael said...

Very cool. I think the most interesting thing about this is that it makes sense. All other mammals give birth and lie with their babies, who root to find the teat. It shouldn't be surprising that human babies could do it too, but it's not something I've ever even heard of. It just makes me wonder how things would/could be if we let everything having to do with birth happen more naturally.

Granola Granny said...

Wow, this is really fascinating. I know that all mothers could benefit from this knowledge.

Cait said...

Howdy! I am a doula located in Tokyo (my hubby is military) and I have been absolutely blown away by how few women care whether or not they know why they decided on a medicated birth. I posted a link from this page to my Facebook page (A Joyful Birth Doula) and nobody can view the video. Is there something wrong? :-)


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