Biological Nurturing: Instinctual Breastfeeding
Many say that breastfeeding is natural yet most health professionals teach mothers to practise responsive, baby-led feeding using a set of predetermined, latching instructions. This book describes a new, proactive, mother-led approach called biological nurturing. Biological nurturing research highlights that, under certain conditions, mothers have an inborn breastfeeding capacity aiding them to nourish and nurture their babies. However, tapping into this instinctual heritage is diametrically opposed to the thinking involved in a skills-teaching approach.
Biological nurturing is quick and easy to do. Maternal comfort is a priority and the laid-back breastfeeding postures optimise baby gazing and eye-to-eye contact. Spontaneity and reciprocity are the watchwords and once comfortable, most mothers and babies discover what works through the hit and miss of the experience.
The challenge for health professionals lies with promoting an oxytocin-friendly environment, understanding breastfeeding releasing mechanisms, and learning when not to intervene. This book restores confidence in nature’s biological design and in mothers’ innate capacity to breastfeed.
2nd revised and updated edition.
"A timely message about human nature: That’s quite a challenge! Through the term “biological nurturing”, Suzanne will convince anyone that the concept of a universal human nature is not obsolete. We are pushed towards a new way of thinking, at the very time when it is commonplace to underline that human beings have colonised the whole planet thanks to their deep-rooted diversity and limitless adaptability. With the authority of a highly experienced mother, Suzanne found a way to provide a book that is relevant among cultural milieus as diverse as, for example, the exclusively carnivorous circumpolar peoples who can spend weeks in the dark and some traditionally vegetarian Indian groups adapted to tropical day and light rhythm. What a timely and eloquent message about universal aspects of human nature!" Michel Odent
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For a deep understanding of instinctive breastfeeding
Suzanne Colson has vast clinical experience and research experience of what is now widely known as her method: biological nurturing. Biological nurturing is far more than just laid-back breastfeeding; it is a deep understanding of the needs and abilities of the breastfeeding dyad, almost a philosophy of positioning. It is a mother-centred process, using gravity and both parties' instinctive behaviour, to achieve comfortable and effective breastfeeding. It could be argued that this is simply a rediscovery of ancient behaviour: the way women breastfed long before male experts took over all the thinking and management of it, to spare our pretty little heads. Colson describes some of the social and cultural movement away from instinctive breastfeeding, using her own science to show how wrong those 18th and 19th Century men of science were about what we do. As she tells us, "you cannot teach mothers to do this," (p158) because it is instinctive behaviour, highly dependent on the hormonal environment. So the role of a breastfeeding supporter is to enable that environment to be right for the mother and the baby, and to have confidence that this innate behaviour works. Colson has a great deal of research to support her work, presenting it here in detail, and yet with accessible language and even QR codes so that the reader can access video clips. She is critical of the deeply entrenched, prescriptive ways that some midwives manage early breastfeeding, and this might be a difficult - but essential - read for those who work in that way. It is a fascinating and useful book for anyone supporting breastfeeding, and for mothers who are interested in a much deeper level of knowledge than they will get from your average book on breastfeeding.