I loved looking deeper in to this idea of the “first hour after birth”. I definitely learned things too and I want to share these thoughts (and findings and ponderings!) with you. Mostly, I find it interesting how far we can stray, as a culture, from our instinct and knowing. There are so many modern day practices that we might not even notice we have ritualized around NOT letting the mama and baby initiate breastfeeding in this first hour. When met with new information, my question is: How can we do better?
Resources/Research referenced in this podcast:
“Don’t Wake the Mother” -Michel Odent
Delayed Breastfeeding Initiation Increases Risk of Neonatal Mortality (Edmond et. Al)
Breastfeeding Patterns, Time to Initiation and Mortality Risk Among Newborns In S. Nepal (Mullany et. Al)
Is Birth Attendant a Risk Factor for Delayed Initiation of Breastfeeding? (Masters Thesis; Amanda Penwell)