Did you know that women from La Leche League once taught a mother gorilla to breastfeed?
The Mamma gorilla had been born and raised in captivity and didn’t know what to do with her firstborn, and sadly, she lost her newborns. When she next became pregnant, breastfeeding women volunteered to sit beside the gorilla’s enclosure and breastfeed their babies, showing the gorilla what to do.
When the gorilla gave birth, a volunteer came over and breastfed her baby, showing Mamma gorilla what to do, step by step. Mamma gorilla watched, and then copied, and went on to successfully feed her baby.
When she became pregnant again the gorilla’s keeper called La Leche League and volunteer nursing mums went to the zoo to nurse their babies in front of the pregnant gorilla. At first the gorilla ignored them, but as her delivery date grew closer she became very interested. When the baby gorilla was born the mother gorilla forgot all that she’d learned and started to freak out.
The keeper quickly called the La Leche League and another volunteer rushed over and slowly showed the momma gorilla what to do. The gorilla watched, mimicking the moves step by step until, with a nearly audible sigh of relief, the gorilla looked down at her chest and saw her baby feeding happily for the first time.
We are no different – breastfeeding is a skill, and sometimes it just helps to see other mums breastfeed. At LLL meetings you can do just that. – Carol
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