Bringing Nature to the Fore

Suzanne Colson  Abstract This article has two aims: first, to give an historic overview of the nature-nurture debate in relation to how mothers learn to breastfeed. The overview will relate how the ‘nurture’ perspective came to dominate our understanding of the ontogeny of breastfeeding. The second aim is to propose professional breastfeeding competencies in an attempt to integrate the ‘nature’ … Read More

Optimal positions for the release of primitive neonatal reflexes stimulating breastfeeding.

Suzanne D Colson 1, Judith H Meek, Jane M Hawdon Abstract Background: Despite widespread skills-teaching, 37% of UK mothers initiating breastfeeding stop by six weeks suggesting a need to reappraise current support strategies. Rooting, sucking and swallowing have been studied extensively but little is known about the role other primitive neonatal reflexes (PNRs) might play to support breastfeeding. Aims: To describe and compare PNRs observed … Read More