Baby & Breast


Australian Breastfeeding Association – Shepparton group

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Australian Breastfeeding Association free 34-page e-book Breastfeeding Confidence

Sleeping through the night–K. Dettwyler

Why Mothers Kiss Their Babies

A Natural Age of Weaning–K. Dettwyler

‘Normal’ baby at the breast

Birthing, Bonding and Breastfeeding – Normal Growth and Development for the Breastfed Infant (American blog)

We Came Naked, Barefoot and Covered in Bugs

Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

 


This video covers skin to skin after birth including cesarean section, positioning and latch, tongue tie, and converting cots to co-sleepers. The video is titled Breast is Best, however I prefer the phrase ‘breast is normal’.

  1. Great post.I just faced this topic quite intensely as I plnnaed for the birth of my 3rd child (just 6 short weeks ago). I always knew that I wanted my other children to witness the birth. While I was pregnant we talked about how this was our family’s baby and that we would welcome him into our home together. Lucky for them my labours are long so they were able to help me in early labour, go to school and bed before waking up in the morning to find me in transition (in the birth pool in the livingroom), help some more and than SEE their brother be born. My 5 year old stood right beside the midwife and watched the birth, she was fascinated (not scared or tormented like so many thought she would be).The thing is children don’t see birth the way adults do. We provided fact based information to them and answer question frankly and to there level. My 3 year old is telling people (mostly random strangers) that she has a new brother and that he came out of mommy’s privates. She is matter of fact and by no means trying to get a rise out of people. Birth is normal, she knows nothing different and I am proud that my children see birth as a normal event. Mommy didn’t rush off to a hospital with sick people, she birthed in a physiologically normal way. Simple.As a society we don’t give children the benefit of the doubt. As you say in your post they KNOW how to act around a birthing mammal. My very active 3 year was a pleasure to have around as she poured water on my back, asked me if I was okay and than quietly played in her play room until her next check in on mommy . A midwife in the making perhaps or just a small human who knows more about respecting a birthing mammal (or mama) than most adults do.Of course, my children were not forced to watch or participate however I was blessed with there excitement to welcome OUR new baby.Blessings on your journey.

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