Picture this: Your pet dog is in labor. Instead of leaving her in the quiet corner she has chosen, you bundle her into the car and take her to a strange, brightly lit house bustling with strangers who keep poking and peering at her. As each puppy is born, it is positioned at one of her teats for a few minutes to see if it will latch on. If it doesn’t latch immediately, it’s washed, wrapped, and put in a separate box until later.
When your watch tells you the puppies are hungry, you take them
Do you think your dog will have an easy labor and birth? Will the puppies have any trouble learning to nurse? Will the mother and puppies feel relaxed and comfortable together? Have you found the simplest way to keep the puppies warm and content? Are you the best one to judge when the puppies need to nurse? Do you
We were mammals long before we were intellectuals. We can use our intellect to overcome birth and breastfeeding problems, but it’s much easier if those problems aren’t there in the first place. Birth goes much more easily and quickly for any mammal with quiet and privacy. Keep that in mind when you choose your birthplace; for most mothers and babies, traveling to a hospital is no
(Oh, and by the way, do take the puppies out of those silly little boxes!)
©2016 Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC www.normalfed.com