Alhamdulilah, Monday evening I gave birth to a precious baby girl. Since I breastfed my other two daughters, I was confident that I would be successful at feeding her naturally. Soon after delivery, we did skin-to-skin. She found her way to the breast, latched on and started sucking. She nursed beautifully. There was no prodding, no painful sucking and no crying fits. Then it dawned on me, Babies Are Born to Breastfeed! Not only does Allah (swt) give us free-flowing milk for our newborns, He brings them into this world with the physical ability to feed from the breast. This is a miracle we often take for granted and forget in this modern world. Remember, the only reason a baby can bottle-feed is because he thinks it’s a breast! Despite the vast array of classes and books offered these days, breastfeeding does not necessarily have to be taught, it’s a natural human (and animal) instinct. While babies are in the womb, they receive all their nutrients from mother’s blood via the placenta connected to the umbilical cord. However, after birth the cord is cut and the baby’s only source of nutrition is the breast. Attracted to the scent of the milk, and with the darkened, erect areola in easy sight, the baby can feel and crawl their way to the breast. The rooting and suckling reflexes make self-latching possible. And, Voila! Baby is Breastfeeding. This phenomenon is known as the Breast Crawl, best demonstrates how a newborn can breastfeed without any help.
After the intense experience of childbirth, Allah (swt) makes it easy for us by providing the baby with the natural ability to simply breast-feed. No extra money, supplies or people are needed. Breastfeeding is universal and can be done by any woman, anywhere. Subhan’Allah, Allah is is Ar-Razzaq. We should show our gratitude by making dua and remembering Him often. Please make dua for my family and I as we will be going home today from the hospital, insh’Allah. Please Follow my Blog and Help Spread the Barakah of Breastfeeding.