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NOTE: The purpose of this series is not to bash medicalized births. It is only to shed on light on the potential benefits of having an unmedicated birth.
On this last post of the benefits of a natural birth series, we will be going over another natural birth benefits which is having an easier time establishing a breastfeeding relationship.
- 1 The Impact of Interventions On Breastfeeding
- 2 How a Natural Birth Can Make Breastfeeding Easier
- 3 Are you planning on having a natural birth and breastfeeding/pumping?
- 4 I’m hosting a FREE giveaway! I created The M.O.M Natural Birth Prep to equip you with knowledge, practical tips, and motivation that will help empower you to have the natural birth of your dreams!
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- 6.2 The giveaway will run from 12AM EST on Monday March 25th, 2019 to Sunday March 31st, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be contacted directly via email on April 1st!
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The Impact of Interventions On Breastfeeding
According to Dr. Gilbert J. Grant, “Any medication that you take to relieve pain will reach the baby.” Although some may claim that these amounts are small, the affects they can have on a baby (and mom) can vary widely.
The issue with labor analgesics and narcotics is the fact that they do interfere with the natural production and flow of labor hormones (which we discussed on day 4’s post), and they increase the risk of having a medically assisted birth, or even a c-section. All of these medical interventions come with risks of their own which can include potential downtime for both mom and baby after the birth.
Some studies have shown that pain relief medication can impact baby’s suckling which has a direct impact on breastfeeding. In this study, it was found that babies of mother’s who did receive an epidural during labor had poorer motor skills in the first month of life, than the babies of mother who went unmedicated.
How a Natural Birth Can Make Breastfeeding Easier
With a natural birth, most babies will begin doing the breast crawl (amazing and oh so adorable!) within the first hour after birth. The breast crawl is a natural instinct that newborns possess which allows them to locate the breast and latch onto the nipple. That’s why it’s so important to place baby on your chest as soon as possible after birth, to bond and to establish that breastfeeding relationship.
That first hour after the birth, also known as the golden hour, is crucial and it is during this time that breastfeeding should begin. In an uncomplicated natural birth, where mom and baby’s bodies aren’t under the effects analgesics or narcotics, that cascade of labor hormones is in full effect, and mom and baby can experience the advantages of the oxytocin hormone which provides the boost of energy and feelings of love (oxytocin is known as the love hormone) that facilitates breastfeeding.
When mom and baby are fully alert and healthy, it is much easier to establish a breastfeeding relationship.
Are you planning on having a natural birth and breastfeeding/pumping?
I’m hosting a FREE giveaway!
I created The M.O.M Natural Birth Prep to equip you with knowledge, practical tips, and motivation that will help empower you to have the natural birth of your dreams!
The Bump and Boobs International Giveaway is ON NOW!👶🏾🤰🏿🎉
One lucky mama will win FREE lifetime access to the M.O.M Natural Birth Prep AND to The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class (or The Ultimate Back to Work Pumping Class) by Milkology®. If you are planning on having a natural birth and if you are planning to breastfeed and/or pump, you will LOVE this bundle! It is the PERFECT ULTIMATE BUNDLE that will help get you setup for success!
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The giveaway will run from 12AM EST on Monday March 25th, 2019 to Sunday March 31st, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be contacted directly via email on April 1st!
If you don’t win, no problem! You can still get $10 OFF THE EARLY BIRD PRICE OF ANY BUNDLE of your choice! 🤑
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