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Your Baby, The Mammal, with Diane Wiessinger (Part 1)
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #52
We often think that newborns are cute but helpless little lumps, when in fact they have an arsenal of instincts to ensure they can find their food source without much external help. What are those instincts that make breastfeeding and bonding seamless? Diane Wiessinger tells us more.
To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.
What we talked about:
What the woman in the grass hut can teach you
Why breastfeeding starts with birth
Taking a pause to claim your baby, hang out with your baby, and other no-rush procedures
What do you get when you take a newborn goat (or puppy, or bear cub) and flip him on his back?
How your vertical mammal anchors her feet
How long does it take for baby to latch on? What does that first hour look like?
Inhale your baby’s scent, literally
Off with the hats!
There’s no sense in stressing out about your stress levels
Why you make the most milk when the breast feels empty
When in doubt: nurse a lot
How to know if baby is getting enough
The truth about hindmilk and foremilk
Links to resources mentioned by Diane, recommended books, and other great info:
Diane Wiessinger [I sing, you sing, we singer] has been a La Leche League Leader since 1985 and an IBCLC since 1990. Although she studied animal behavior for her Master’s degree, she still timed her first baby’s feeds with a stopwatch. It took her a quarter century for her to understand that our infants are just standard mammalian newborns in human packaging. She nearly walked out on her first La Leche League meeting, thinking, “There is more to me than this.” But one thing led to another, and she found herself becoming first a La Leche League Leader and later an IBCLC in private practice. She now speaks on the connection between our mammalian heritage and our birth and breastfeeding experiences, as well as on our breastfeeding language and how mothers and babies make breastfeeding work. Her writings include co-authorship of the eighth edition of La Leche League International’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition, and Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. It turns out, after all these years, that there isn’t much more to her than breastfeeding. However, her conference speaking has allowed her to ride a camel, watch kangaroos on a golf course, eat a dish called “drunken chicken”, and use a squat toilet successfully. Diane has two grown sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, and four bright and breastfed grandchildren.