Black Women : Moms in Africa breastfeed differently

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    WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Amy Thurman demonstrated latching techniques used by women in Africa which differ from techniques typically taught to American women.

    Using the common American technique, mothers bring the nipple to the horizontally cradled baby. This technique assumes that the passive baby requires the mother to perform the latch on. African mothers, on the other hand, nestle the baby vertically below the breast so the baby can easily find the nipple and latch on.

    Thurman said, "It never fails and it never hurts."

    This difference in technique illustrates a difference in the way we perceive and relate to babies. Western women may meet phenomena such as the "breast crawl" with awe or disbelief, whereas people in more "attached" cultures see the ability as normal and expect it.

    According to BreastCrawl.org: "Every newborn, when placed on the mother's abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother's breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed. This is called the 'Breast Crawl'."


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    Demonstration of the breast crawl feeding from India.

     
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    Kudos to the Indian lady and her baby being used as an example:toast:
     
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