What is a breast crawl? 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 technique is being promoted by UNICEF, WHO and WABA and is part of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Recently, fellow L.A.T.C.H.er Mec shared about the institution of the Essential Newborn Care protocol in Asian Hospital – where she’s giving birth. The breast crawl is included in this protocol, which is said to reduce infant mortality. I’m not sure which other hospitals have instituted this protocol but this definitely something to consider when choosing which hospital to give birth at in the Philippines.