Author and breastfeeding consultant, Suzanne Colson, details a new neurobehavioral approach to breastfeeding initiation.
Postnatal transition from fetus to neonate is characterised by discontinuity. Inevitably the neonate must change environment from the dark, warm, wet, sheltered place in the womb to the colder, dry, bright, loud conditions of the world; the umbilical cord is severed. Separation and rupture are the watchwords.
Human mothers are the only mammals who have a choice about whether or not to give their own milk to their infants.