What is it about?

The concept of Biological Nurturing enables mother-infant dyads to learn breastfeeding instinctively right from the start. Baby makes use of innate behavior and primitive neonatal reflexes for feeding. Mothers responds intuitively, facilitating breastfeeding for baby. Biological Nurturing as a natural approach allows unrestricted and laid-back breastfeeding.

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Why is it important?

Biological Nurturing as a natural approach to breastfeeding, may foster feeding autonomy of the mother-baby dyad right from the start. This natural approach brings nature to the fore, instead of following rules and timelines for feeding baby. Infants may benefit from early feeding autonomy by improved development and cognitive skills, while mothers may experience more comfort and enjoyment while breastfeeding.


Biological Nurturing has the potential of gaining importance in supporting breastfeeding mothers in the future. Based on my clinical experience, BN appears more often than not easy-to-handle for mother-baby dyads, featuring the ideal beginners' position. Breastfeeding support practitioners may find it easy-to handle as well, changing their role from teachers and interventionists to discreet observers. Biological Nurturing has the potential to facilitate breastfeeding initiation and overcome difficulties. Breastfeeding support practitioners may therefore consider including this way of supporting mother-baby dyads in their daily work. More research is needed to assess the impact of this approach on breastfeeding rates, including exclusivity in the first 6 months and duration.

Stefanie Rosin

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This page is a summary of: A Case Study of Biological Nurturing, Journal of Human Lactation, February 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0890334419829044.
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