The Breast Crawl

Every newborn has the amazing ability to find his mother’s breast and start suckling almost immediately after birth. It’s a proven phenomenon called the “breast crawl”.

If a newborn baby is placed skin to skin on his mother’s chest in the first few minutes after birth, that baby will start to maneuver toward Mom’s nipple. Babies do this by moving their legs as if stepping or by pushing upward in tiny movements with their arms.

Newborns may stop to rest a few times while trying to reach the breast. Once there, they may start nursing immediately or stop again and stare into their mom’s eyes for awhile. 

It is an incredible, instinctive biological event that also promotes bonding. Ask the medical team caring for you at birth to be sure to allow for skin-to-skin contact and the breast crawl. 

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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