Something that has come to my attention lately is called the “breast crawl.” I always wondered why other mammals are born knowing how to nurse and humans aren’t. Deer and horses instinctually know how to head-butt the teat and then nurse. Even whale babies, upon being born, manage to drink gallons of milk with no lactation consultant.
The truth is that human babies, in the first moments of life, if they are placed on the mother’s chest between her breasts, have the strength and instinct not only to find the breast, but to make a primitive “crawl” to it and latch on with no help. If you don’t believe me, and even if you do, go to Youtube and search “breast crawl.” It is amazing. In fact, the World Health Organization and Unicef are trying to make it the norm in developing countries where babies need all the help they can get to survive because the survival rate of babies who “self-latch” is higher than babies who don’t! In the video I watched, blurred through tears, it took about four minutes for the newborn to make the trek to the breast. So, if I ever have the pleasure (and I truly mean pleasure) of giving birth again, I’ll definitely give my baby and me a chance to experience this challenge and success at the moment of birth.