I haven’t posted this video because I think it’s valuable. On the contrary, this is precisely the kind of thing that makes my blood boil. It’s another example of exporting North American insanity to other countries. Things to notice in this video:
1. the mother is in the “dead mother” position
2. there is no privacy for the mammatoto
3. who cares if the bureaucrats like it?
4. the baby is removed from the mother’s skin and dried thoroughly, WHY?
5. baby’s forehead is in a worried frown throughout this whole ordeal
6. what if the mother/baby dyad don’t want/need to breastfeed in the first 1/2 hour?
7. why do we need evidence-based falling in love?
8. Diane Wiessinger (one of my favourite lactation consultants) says that initial breastfeeding should be “baby led and mother sped” in humans. It is instinctive to bring the newborn to the heart (left breast) when the mother is upright and undirected.
From my experience with more than a thousand births, the recipe for successful breast feeding is to leave the cord intact, keep the room warm, dark and private, and keep talking to a minimum. Each mother and baby have a unique way of meeting and communicating with each other. Sniffing, licking, rearranging the damp curls, checking the genitals, recognizing family traits in the newborn, kissing, speaking endearments, shushing. . . . there are at least 70,000 unseen things going on in the first hour after birth. We will never be able to quantify and randomize these things. They have to do with the very heart of what it is to be human. We need to respect each mother and baby and keep them together so they can do that thing they do.