The Breast Crawl - The First Time You Breastfeed Your Baby

Attachment Parenting Jan 28, 2021

The Newborn Breast Crawl

A newborn baby can crawl from the middle of a mother’s chest to her nipple, latch on and suckle all without assistance!

The miracle of childbirth is shown here, it shows just how natural breastfeeding actually is. This magical video will help mothers understand that they can allow their babies to initiate breastfeeding, right from the time that their babies comes into this world.

The breastcrawl is so natural and instinctive to a baby, this is why it is important to initiate breastfeeding, at least within a half hour,  to hour after birth. This early start to breastfeeding, helps promote a successful breastfeeding relationship.

When a baby has been born without the interference below, it can be a very special time in the first hour after birth, this is when a baby is in an alert state.

This time together will help a baby transition smoothly from inside the womb, to the outside world, where a mother's voice is recognized and where her baby feels secure and loved.

breastfeeding baby, cute baby breastfeeding

This is a great bonding time for mom, and improves the release of the hormone Oxytocin, which helps increase bonding and the flow of milk.

What Things May Interfere With This Instinctive Behavior?

  • Medication, especially when given an epidural. The medication makes a baby sleepy, disorientated and results in a slower, less powerful suck, for up to a week after birth.
  • Suctioning can cause problems in the baby’s initial sucking. Most of the time, a baby’s nose and mouth can be wiped with a cloth, instead of being suctioned
  • If the baby is separated from the mother, immediately after birth for any reason.

What Are Some of the Benefits of the Breastfeeding Crawl?

Can Any Baby Do the Breast Crawl?

Yes, most babies could do this, unless if the baby is premature or has suck problems, or other birth defects. There are things that you can do, to ensure success with this method of breast crawling:

  • Have a natural birth if possible, with as little medication involved as possible.
  • Avoid nasal suction if your baby does not have any signs of congestion, and is crying well.
  • Weighing, measuring, injections and your baby's first bath can be done after the first breastfeeding session.
  • Give your baby at least an hour to accomplish the first feeding.
  • Discuss the breast crawl with your doula, midwife or whoever will be involved with the birth.
  • If the weather is cooler, the two of you can be covered by a lightweight blanket.
  • Do not wipe or wash your breasts before the first breastfeeding session, your body gives off a special smell after birth, that entices your baby to the breast.
  • Skin to skin contact with no clothing in-between you and your baby is best. Kangaroo care is recommended.
  • Stay in the room where you have given birth, until your baby has had the first feed.


Tracy Behr

A homeschooling mother of two, breastfeeding helper, and lover of all things natural! Currently studying plant-based nutrition.

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