Breastfeeding is truly one of the most natural things in the world—so natural, in fact, that a newborn baby can crawl to his or her mother's nipple when placed on her stomach just hours after birth. You gotta see it to believe it.
All mothers know that when it comes to your baby, every milestone is important. From the first word to the first step, every first seems almost miraculous and most parents can't wait until its time for them. But if you think babies don't crawl until at least a few months old, think again. Some parents might experience this milestone just hours after giving birth.
Don't believe us? There's a new video proving that a newborn baby can crawl up to his mother's chest when left to it. It might seem crazy—after all, crawling is a skill that takes time and a certain degree of motor skill to master—but the explanation behind this is simple: A baby's need to latch on to her mother's breast is instinctual.
The scent of a mother's nipple is said to be similar to that of amniotic fluid and newborns use all five senses to guide themselves towards the breast, according to PopSugar.
The World Health Orgaization recommends that new mothers breastfeed within the first hour or giving birth. Breast crawling helps this happen—it can regulate the baby's body temperature, stimulate the mother's milk and help the mother's uterus contract. It can also help mother and baby bond.
You might be a bit skeptical about this but according to breastcrawl.org, every newborn has the ability to do this when placed his or her mother's abdomen—even if it's just after birth.